Gastrointestinal Radiology

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 387–389

Ultrasonographic findings in acute acalculous cholecystitis

  • Irwin Beckman
  • Nilima Dash
  • Robert J. Sefczek
  • Anthony R. Lupetin
  • Jeffrey S. Anderson
  • Daniel L. Diamond
  • Joseph C. Young


Acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC) is usually seen as a complication of major surgery or trauma. Although this entity is well-known in the surgical literature, little has been written about it in the radiologic literature. A review of patient records from 1975 through 1982 revealed 16 patients with pathologically confirmed AAC on whom at least 1 sonographic study had been performed. Thickening of the gallbladder wall, a subserosal “halo” of edema, pericholecystic abscess, and marked gallbladder distention were consistent findings in AAC. In the proper clinical setting, these otherwise nonspecific findings allow a prompt and accurate diagnosis.

Key words

Cholecystitis, acalculous Gallbladder, sonography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irwin Beckman
    • 1
  • Nilima Dash
    • 1
  • Robert J. Sefczek
    • 1
  • Anthony R. Lupetin
    • 1
  • Jeffrey S. Anderson
    • 1
  • Daniel L. Diamond
    • 1
  • Joseph C. Young
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Radiology and SurgeryAllegheny HospitalPittsburghUSA

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