[Bile peritonitis in an alcoholic man after traumatic gallbladder perforation--differential ascitic decompensated liver cirrhosis diagnosis]

Z Gastroenterol. 2001 Mar;39(3):213-8. doi: 10.1055/s-2001-11764.
[Article in German]


Traumatic rupture of the gallbladder is a very rare event associated with high mortality. Since clinical symptoms are nonspecific, diagnosis is difficult. We present an alcoholic with biliary ascites after traumatic perforation of the gallbladder. Initially, he was misdiagnosed to have ascites caused by liver cirrhosis. This case demonstrates, that the combination of patients history, clinical investigation and ultrasound allows the diagnosis of traumatic rupture of the gallbladder.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biliary Fistula / diagnosis*
  • Cholangiopancreatography, Endoscopic Retrograde
  • Gallbladder / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Liver Cirrhosis, Alcoholic / diagnosis*
  • Liver Function Tests
  • Male
  • Peritonitis / diagnosis*
  • Rupture
  • Ultrasonography
  • Wounds, Nonpenetrating / diagnosis*