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Conservative management of the colonic gallstone
  1. Katherine Victoria Hurst,
  2. Georgina Bryony Peiris and
  3. Michael Booth
  1. Department of General Surgery, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Reading, UK
  1. Correspondence to Katherine Victoria Hurst; katie.hurst{at}


A 74-year-old woman presents with a 7-day history of increasing lower abdominal pains and reduced bowel movements; resulting in absolute constipation.

Twenty-four hours prior to admission she also had symptoms of nauseous and significant abdominal distention. Her past medical history included; diverticulitis, type 2 diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, an ultrasound scan in 2005 confirming gallstones, but no previous abdominal surgery.

She was initially treated for bowel obstruction and a CT arranged. CT showed a 4.5 cm gallstone in mid-sigmoid colon and a cholecystocolonic fistula. She was booked for colonoscopy±laparotomy, but on the morning of her planned procedure she repeatedly opened her bowels. Subsequent colonoscopy was negative and repeat CT confirmed the stone was no longer within the gastrointestinal tract.

  • general surgery
  • gastrointestinal surgery

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  • Contributors KVH: patient care and primary author. GBP: patient care and author. MP: patient care and review.

  • 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.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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