Acute Acalculous Cholecystitis

  • Bruce Su’a
  • Andrew G. Hill
  • Garth H. Poole


Acute acalculous cholecystitis (AAC) is defined as an acute necro-inflammatory disease of the gallbladder in the absence of cholelithiasis and has a multifactorial pathogenesis [1, 2]. It was first reported by Duncan in 1844 when reporting a fatal case of AAC complicating an incarcerated hernia. AAC affects both adults and children although certain demographics are susceptible depending on the underlying illness. Although the incidence of AAC has been rising steadily since the 1970s [3], the true incidence remains difficult to determine.


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  1. 1.South Auckland Clinical CampusThe University of Auckland, c/- Middlemore HospitalAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryMiddlemore Hospital, Counties Manukau HealthAucklandNew Zealand

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