Gallbladder perforation is a frequent complication of acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC), resulting in substantially increased morbidity and mortality. Two groups of patients are at increased risk for perforation: those with systemic diseases (especially peripheral vascular disease, intrinsic heart disease, or diabetes) and those who are chronically immunosuppressed. The current population of solid organ transplant recipients meets both criteria. We describe an unusual case of gallbladder perforation as a complication of AAC in an otherwise healthy kidney transplant recipient. Because transplant recipients are at increased risk for gallbladder perforation, maintaining a high index of suspicion for this complication will help avoid the increased morbidity and mortality associated with this diagnosis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|State||Published - Jun 1 1998|
- Acalculous cholecystitis
- Kidney transplantation
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