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A middle aged woman presenting with massive empyema of the gallbladder: a case report

Olukayode Adeolu Arowolo*, Oladejo Olukayode Lawal, Andrew Akinbolaji Akinkuolie and Adewale Oluseye Adisa

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Department of Surgery, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile - Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

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Cases Journal 2009, 2:7827  doi:10.4076/1757-1626-2-7827

Published: 21 July 2009


Empyema of gallbladder is generally a rare disease and it is even rarer in the traditional African population where incidence of cholelithiasis is much lower compared with the Caucasian population. This is a presentation to highlight massive empyema of the gallbladder in a 58 year old woman who had no prior history of gallstone disease and who was treated with open cholecystectomy. The outcome was successful and she was followed up for a year.