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Acta Chir Belg. 2003 Apr;103(2):225-9.

Symptomatic adenomyomatosis of the gallbladder--report of a case.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, St. Blasius Hospital, Dendermonde, Belgium.


Adenomyomatosis of the gallbladder is a benign and degenerative condition of the gallbladder, characterized by proliferation of the mucosa of the gallbladder wall, forming invaginations and diverticula, penetrating a thickened muscular layer: the so-called Rokitansky-Aschoff sinuses (RAS). Most of the patients with adenomyomatosis remain asymptomatic. Hence adenomyomatosis is usually an incidental finding, either on ultrasonography performed for the detection of stones or by histologic examination of surgical gallbladder specimens. Only occasionally does adenomyomatosis not associated with cholelithiasis cause right upper quadrant pain. We report a case of symptomatic adenomyomatosis of the gallbladder. Clinical findings, etiology, diagnosis and therapy are discussed.

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