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BMJ Case Reports 2015; doi:10.1136/bcr-2014-209229
  • CASE REPORT

A novel surgical approach for treatment of sigmoid gallstone ileus

  1. Nicholas West
  1. Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Carshalton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Abbey Cargill, abbeycargill{at}doctors.org.uk
  • Accepted 4 June 2015
  • Published 6 July 2015

Summary

We report a rare case of large bowel obstruction secondary to a gallstone impacted within the sigmoid colon, in the presence of sigmoid diverticular disease. An 89-year-old woman presented with an 8-day history of increasing abdominal distension, pain and associated nausea. Abdominal X-ray demonstrated large bowel dilation. CT scan revealed a fistula between an inflamed gallbladder and the hepatic flexure of the colon, with a large gallstone in the sigmoid colon. Proximal dilated large bowel was evident to the caecum. Flexible sigmoidoscopy was performed as the least invasive potential treatment method with a view to basket retrieval or fragmentation of the stone. Owing to poor views and risk of diverticular perforation, the procedure was abandoned, hence laparotomy was performed. Antegrade manipulation and per-rectal evacuation were attempted but failed due to a thickened, angulated sigmoid colon. Retrograde milking of the stone to the caecum and retrieval via modified appendicectomy was successful.

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