Case Report

Gallstone Ileus with associated perforated small bowel diverticulitis

Shreeja Mehrotra*, Yang Huang, Ronan Knittel and Palan Thirunavukkarasu

Published: 16 July, 2021 | Volume 5 - Issue 2 | Pages: 021-022

Gallstone ileus is a rare complication of cholelithiasis and a type of mechanical obstruction involving impaction of a gallstone within the intestinal tract [1,2]. This entity occurs in 0.15% - 1.5% of cholelithiasis cases and < 0.1% of ileus cases overall [1]. Gallstone ileus is more common in the elderly and up to 80% - 90% of affected patients have medical comorbidities [2]. The ratio of occurrence in females to males is 3.5:1 [3].

The following report presents a case of gallstone ileus with associated perforated small bowel diverticulitis, demonstrating the importance of considering this condition as a differential diagnosis of an acute abdomen.

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