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Cystic artery pseudoaneurysm due to carcinoma of the gallbladder
  1. Sudharshan Mahalingam,
  2. Oseen Hajilal Shaikh,
  3. Uday Shamrao Kumbhar and
  4. Amuthabharathi Mohan
  1. Surgery, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education, Puducherry, Puducherry, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Uday Shamrao Kumbhar; k26uday74{at}


A 52-year-old man, with known case of hypertension and stroke, presented to us with an upper gastrointestinal bleed and abdominal pain. Ultrasonography of the abdomen showed haematoma within the gallbladder (GB), and Doppler ultrasound was suggestive of an aneurysm arising from the cystic artery (CA). CT of the abdomen showed a well-enhancing thick-walled GB suggestive of malignancy. It also showed the presence of a double CA along with an aneurysm of one of the cystic arteries, haematoma within the GB and haemoperitoneum. Digital subtraction angiography confirmed the presence of double CA and CA pseudoaneurysm. The CA was selective catheterised and embolised with N-butyl cyanoacrylate glue. The patient underwent extended radical cholecystectomy later and was reported to have adenocarcinoma of the GB.

  • surgery
  • gastrointestinal surgery
  • vascular surgery
  • hepatic cancer

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  • Contributors SM: Preparation of the manuscript. OHS: Preparation of the manuscript. AM: Collection of the data. USK: Critical revision and analysis.

  • 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.

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