Gallstone empyema complicating laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Raven DeVincenzo, Linda B. Haramati, Ellen L. Wolf, Philip J. Klapper

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Empyema may rarely present as a delayed complication after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Patients with this complication invariably have associated dropped gallstones in the peritoneal cavity. The gallstones may erode through the diaphragm or migrate through preexisting defects in the diaphragm. The latter are seen in over 50% of the elderly population and may predispose them to this rare complication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-176
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Thoracic Imaging
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2001



  • Cholelithoptysis
  • Empyema
  • Gallstones
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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