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Bouveret syndrome: a clinicoradiological perspective
  1. Elliot W Checkley1,
  2. Vartan Balian2,
  3. Abdul Aziz2 and
  4. Fred Lee2
  1. 1The Medical School, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2Radiology, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Elliot W Checkley; checkleyelliot{at}


An 87-year-old woman presented to us with a 5-day history of worsening epigastric pain and vomiting. Her medical history included known gallstones and a previous episode of acute cholecystitis complicated by a perforated gallbladder for which she had declined surgery 5 years prior. Radiological imaging confirmed a large gallstone impacted in the first part of the duodenum with gross gastric outlet obstruction and pneumobilia, confirming the diagnosis of Bouveret syndrome, an often overlooked and rare variant of gallstone ileus. Following an unsuccessful oesophagogastroduodenoscopy for stone retrieval, she underwent a laparotomy and gastrotomy with a successful outcome and discharged from hospital 4 weeks following the procedure.

  • gastroenterology
  • radiology
  • general surgery
  • ultrasonography

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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