Spontaneous Cholecystocutaneous Fistula of Anterior Abdominal Wall with Subcutaneous Gallstones: About a Rare Case and Review of the Literature


Spontaneous cholecystocutaneous fistula is a rare complication of chronic calculous cholecystitis, because currently gallstones are diagnosed and treated at an early stage. This occurrence is possible even if it seems actually to be rare. We report a case of spontaneous cholecystocutaneous fistula of Anterior Abdominal Wall with subcutaneous gallstones admitted in the medical oncology unit of HASSAN II University Hospital. An 64-year-old woman, presented with a large subcutaneous abscess in the right subcostal area with swelling. An abdominal computed tomography scan showed a subcutaneous gallstone and communication between the abscess and the gallbladder. Cholecystectomy was performed and the abdominal wall abscess was drained externally. This case report demonstrates that maintaining a high degree of suspicion of this rare entity is helpful in achieving correct preoperative diagnosis, and that computed tomography scan should be performed in all cases of unexplained abdominal wall suppuration.

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K. Haoudi, P. Ossibi, S. Rezzouk, M. Oussaid, K. Hassani, S. Laalim, I. Toughrai and K. Mazaz, "Spontaneous Cholecystocutaneous Fistula of Anterior Abdominal Wall with Subcutaneous Gallstones: About a Rare Case and Review of the Literature," Surgical Science, Vol. 5 No. 2, 2014, pp. 43-45. doi: 10.4236/ss.2014.52010.

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