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Torsion of the gall-bladder

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Summary

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    Torsion of the gall-bladder is a rare emergency most common in elderly women.

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    The condition is restricted to gall-bladders which possess a mesentery, or a mesentery which is confined to the cystic duct, or slightly beyond it.

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    The clinical picture is not diagnostic, and indeed of 54 cases described in the literature only 17 were diagnosed as being due to gall-bladder disease.

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    A case is described in which the pre-operative diagnosis was acute appendicitis, or acute cholecystitis.

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    Treatment is by emergency surgery.

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Correspondence to S. H. Hosny.

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Hosny, S.H. Torsion of the gall-bladder. Ir. J. Med. Sc. 39, 85–87 (1964). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02942306

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