Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice

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Isolated gallbladder rupture following blunt abdominal trauma

BM Gali, N Ali, AA Bakari, IE Suleiman


The gallbladder is a relatively well‑protected organ; consequently its rupture following blunt abdominal injury is rare and usually associated with other visceral injuries. Isolated gallbladder rupture is extremely rare. We report a healthy Nigerian adult male who sustained isolated gallbladder rupture following blunt abdominal injury from riding a motor cycle (Okada). A high index of suspicion with positive bile aspirate might lead to early diagnosis. Open cholecystectomy is a safe option of treatment in a resource poor centre especially in delayed presentation and has a good outcome.

Key words: Blunt abdominal trauma, gallbladder rupture, isolated
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