Porcelain gallbladder

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[edit] Discussion

  • Extensive calcium encrustation of the gallbladder wall.
  • The term porcelain gallbladder has been used to emphasize the blue discoloration and brittle consistency of the gallbladder wall at surgery.
  • Patients are usually asymptomatic, and porcelain gallbladder is found incidentally on plain abdominal radiographs, sonograms, or CT images.
  • Surgical treatment of porcelain gallbladder is based on results from studies performed in 1931 and 1962, which revealed an association between porcelain gallbladder and gallbladder adenocarcinoma (22% of porcelain gallbladders will develop gallbladder adenocarcinoma).

[edit] Imaging Findings

  • Extensive calcium encrustation of the gallbladder wall.

[edit] Images

Patient #1: US and CT images demonstrate a porcelain gallbladder

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