Hepatobiliary Pathology: Cholelithiasis: Acute Cholecystitis with Perforation

A 1912 autopsy specimen from a 56 year old man admitted, under Mr Arbuthnott Lane, for acute pain in the right side of the abdomen of 24 hours' duration. On admission he was...
01 April 2011
Presented by Harold Ellis

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Acute cholecystitis with perforation

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A 1912 autopsy specimen from a 56 year old man admitted, under Mr Arbuthnott Lane, for acute pain in the right side of the abdomen of 24 hours' duration. On admission he was in a collapsed state. An exploratory laparotomy was performed and the peritoneal cavity was found to contain a large quantity of blood clot, the source of which was obscure. He died soon afterwards. At autopsy the haemorrhage was found to have come from a perforation in the wall of the gall bladder which was covered by a mass of adherent clot.

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