BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-007534

Spontaneous discharge of ‘spilled gallstone’ with complete resolution of retroperitoneal abscess in a patient treated for putative tuberculosis

  1. Giuseppe Garcea1
  1. 1Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester, UK
  2. 2Department of General Surgery, Leicester General Hospital, Leicester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Christopher Bastianpillai, cb245{at}


A 76-year-old man presented 5 months following an open cholecystectomy with a complicated retroperitoneal abscess secondary to a retained gallstone, which was misdiagnosed as a tuberculous abscess. Subsequently, the stone was eventually spontaneously discharged with complete resolution of the associated collection.

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