Cholelithiasis in childhood (Hebrew)

C. Kaplinsky, M. Hertz, Y. Rotem

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Cholelithiasis in children, although rare, is well recognized and usually associated with hemolytic disease is less well known. As the symptoms are not always classical the diagnosis is often delayed. Two cases of cholethiasis in children, aged 11 and 15 years, both females, are reported. The first had cramp like abdominal pain for three years. Oral cholecystography failed to demonstrate the gallbladder. Subsequent intravenous cholangiography showed a normal common bile duct without filling defects, but once again the gallbladder did not fill. The other child had had abdominal pain at the age of seven. A cholecystogram showed non filling of the gallbladder. After eight asymptomatic years she was readmitted with abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Cholescystography and cholangiography failed to demonstrate the gallbladder, but a normal bile duct was seen. In both patients a calculus in the common bile duct and signs of chronic cholecystitis were found at operation and the stone was removed and cholecystectomy performed in both, with complete recovery. It therefore seems worthwhile to exclude biliary disease as a cause of abdominal pain in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-390+427
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1976
Externally publishedYes


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