Beware of the porcelain gallbladder during laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Neil T. Welch, Robert J. Fitzgibbons, Ronald A. Hinder

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Technical problems of retraction and hemorrhage during laparoscopic removal of a porcelain gallbladder are described. Although laparoscopic cholecystectomy was successful, a blood transfusion was required. We believe that porcelain gallbladder is a relative contraindication to laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The merits of plain radiography, computed tomography, and ultrasound in making the diagnosis are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)202-205
Number of pages4
JournalSurgical Laparoscopy and Endoscopy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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