Gallbladder ulcer eroding the cystic artery: a rare cause of hemobilia

Sandro Contini, Mario Uccelli, Romano Sassatelli, Ferdinando Pinna, Domenico Corradi

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We report a hemorrhage from an eroded cystic artery in an ulcer of an inflamed calcolous gallbladder. Bleeding from the papilla was observed at side-view endoscopy. Echo endoscopy and contrast-enhanced computed tomography suggested a gallbladder bleeding. A clear-cut diagnosis was made by selective angiography, followed by embolization of the cystic artery, hence stopping the hemorrhage. Cystic artery bleeding into the gallbladder is rare. The diagnostic and therapeutic implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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