Thinking ahead: gallbladder intussusception following transperitoneal percutaneous cholecystostomy tube placement.

Affiliation

England RW(1), Heiberger C(2), Singh H(2).
Author information:
(1)The Division of Interventional Radiology, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA [Email]
(2)The Division of Interventional Radiology, Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Abstract

Percutaneous cholecystostomy (PC) is a common minimally invasive, image-guided procedure performed primarily on high-risk patients with acute cholecystitis for gallbladder decompression. Herein, we present a case of a patient undergoing PC placement using a transperitoneal approach. On subsequent upsizing attempts, the gallbladder fundus was found to invaginate during advancement of replacement drains, causing gallbladder intussusception. The use of a balloon and locked pigtail catheter were required to reposition the gallbladder to proper position. The patient's planned percutaneous cholecystoscopy was delayed by 4 weeks until intended upsizing could be performed. This case demonstrates the advantage of achieving transhepatic gallbladder access to support tract formation and limit procedural complications.