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The Effervescent Gallbladder: An Emergency Medicine Bedside Ultrasound Diagnosis of Emphysematous Cholecystitis



Abstract

Emphysematous cholecystitis (EC) is a distinct clinical disease that carries a high rate of morbidity and mortality. Maintaining a high index of suspicion, especially in the right patient population, combined with emergency bedside ultrasound can lead to rapid diagnosis and initiation of treatment for this life threatening condition.



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The Effervescent Gallbladder: An Emergency Medicine Bedside Ultrasound Diagnosis of Emphysematous Cholecystitis


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Brian B. Wexler Corresponding Author

Department of Emergency Medicine, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Nova L. Panebianco

Department of Emergency Medicine, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


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Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.


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  • Author Information
    Brian B. Wexler Corresponding Author

    Department of Emergency Medicine, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    Nova L. Panebianco

    Department of Emergency Medicine, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


    Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

    Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.

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    Article Information

    Published: July 27, 2017

    DOI

    10.7759/cureus.1520

    Cite this article as:

    Wexler B B, Panebianco N L (July 27, 2017) The Effervescent Gallbladder: An Emergency Medicine Bedside Ultrasound Diagnosis of Emphysematous Cholecystitis. Cureus 9(7): e1520. doi:10.7759/cureus.1520

    Publication history

    Received by Cureus: June 08, 2017
    Peer review began: June 13, 2017
    Peer review concluded: July 21, 2017
    Published: July 27, 2017

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    Wexler et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abstract

Emphysematous cholecystitis (EC) is a distinct clinical disease that carries a high rate of morbidity and mortality. Maintaining a high index of suspicion, especially in the right patient population, combined with emergency bedside ultrasound can lead to rapid diagnosis and initiation of treatment for this life threatening condition.



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Brian B. Wexler

Department of Emergency Medicine, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

For correspondence:
brian.wexler@gmail.com

Nova L. Panebianco

Department of Emergency Medicine, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Brian B. Wexler

Department of Emergency Medicine, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

For correspondence:
brian.wexler@gmail.com

Nova L. Panebianco

Department of Emergency Medicine, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania