Gallstone Ileus: A Stone In The Way

Authors

  • Bárbara Neto Castro Department of General Surgery, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho R. Conceição Fernandes 1282, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Ana Rita Ferreira Department of General Surgery, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho R. Conceição Fernandes 1282, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Susana Graça Department of General Surgery, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho R. Conceição Fernandes 1282, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Manuel Oliveira Department of General Surgery, Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho R. Conceição Fernandes 1282, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/jssn.v26i1.57392

Keywords:

Bowel Obstruction, Cholelithiasis, Enterolithotomy, Gallstone Ileus

Abstract

Gallstone ileus, a rare complication of cholelithiasis, is caused by an impaction of gallstones within the gastrointestinal tract leading to mechanical intestinal obstruction. Here in, we describe a case of gallstone ileus in a 62-year-old woman successfully treated with enterolithotomy. The patient was discharged home after an uneventful post-operative period. Gallstone ileus is an uncommon complication of gallstones and a rare cause of intestinal obstruction, with often delayed presentation and non-specific symptoms. The preferred approach is enterolithotomy. Elective cholecystectomy after the acute episode is controversial.

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Published

2023-08-28

How to Cite

Castro, B. N. ., Ferreira, A. R., Graça, S., & Oliveira, M. (2023). Gallstone Ileus: A Stone In The Way . Journal of Society of Surgeons of Nepal, 26(1), 43–45. https://doi.org/10.3126/jssn.v26i1.57392

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Case Reports