Gallstone Ileus with Cholecystogastric Fistula in an Older Female
KeywordsPeptic ulcer, gallstone ileus, cholecystogastric fistula, intestinal obstruction, Bouveret’s syndrome
Cholecystogastric fistulas are a rare but life-threatening complication of cholelithiasis. This medical condition has been explained in detail in several cases in the medical literature. However, there is still conflicting debate on how well to effectively manage patients with such a complex medical condition. We present a 70-year-old Caucasian female with complaints of intermittent dull non-radiating abdominal pain. Her pain started abruptly after breakfast. Patient took some acetaminophen which alleviated her symptom. Several days later, pains return but at this time it was associated with constipation. Patient’s primary care physician (PCP) suspected peptic ulcer disease, which was quickly ruled out following negative result of Helicobacter pylori breath test. The PCP advised patient to visit the emergency department for further investigations to rule out/in possible gallstone ileus causing intestinal obstruction, or Bouveret’s syndrome.