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Case report
Carcinoma of the gallbladder presenting as haemorrhagic cholecystitis
  1. Ana Freire Gomes,
  2. Sara Fernandes,
  3. Joaquim Martins and
  4. João Coutinho
  1. Department of Surgery, Hospital de Santa Maria (Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte), Lisboa, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ana Freire Gomes; anafreireg{at}


Gallbladder carcinoma has several atypical presentations, but one of the rarest is intraluminal haemorrhage, which occurs in 1% of patients. We report a case of gallbladder cancer diagnosed by an emergency cholecystectomy, performed for acute cholecystitis caused by a hemocholecyst.

  • biliary intervention
  • cancer intervention
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  • Contributors All authors have contributed to and agreed on the content of this manuscript. AFG treated and followed the patient. AFG and SF prepared the manuscript and performed the literature search. JM and JC corrected and revised the manuscript.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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