South African Journal of Surgery
On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361
CHEDDIE, S; MANNEH, C G and NAIDOO, M. Isolated gallbladder perforation following blunt abdominal trauma. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2014, vol.52, n.4, pp.118-119. ISSN 2078-5151. http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/sajs.2111.
A 32-year-old man sustained an isolated perforation of the gallbladder following blunt abdominal trauma. A preoperative diagnosis was made on an ultrasound scan, which showed a pericholecystic fluid collection only. At laparotomy, a gallbladder perforation at the infundibulum was identified with a localised bile collection, warranting a cholecystectomy. Isolated gallbladder injury from blunt abdominal trauma is rare, and a high index of suspicion is required to establish the diagnosis. Cholecystectomy is the treatment of choice.