Isolated Tuberculosis of Gallbladder: A rare case report

  • Roma N Rajdeo Assistant professor, Dept of pathology, IGGMC, NAGPUR
  • Ravi N Rajdeo
  • A P Bakshi Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology, IGGMC, Nagpur
  • A V Shrikhande Prof & Head, Dept of Pathology, IGGMC, Nagpur
Keywords: Gallbladder tuberculosis, Granulomatous cholecystitis, calculous cholecystitis


Gastrointestinal tuberculosis is commonly seen in the form of tuberculous peritonitis or involvement of the abdominal lymph nodes.  Isolated gallbladder tuberculosis is very rare worldwide, with only 50 cases reported in the literature till 2003. We report a case of a 65 years old male patient who presented with clinical features of chronic calculous cholecystitis. Radiological investigations showed a necrotic mass within fundus with thickened wall of gallbladder along with a calculus suggesting possibility of carcinoma of gallbladder. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was done and histopathological examination revealed tuberculosis of gallbladder.  This case highlights the need to be aware of such unusual presentation of tuberculous in endemic areas and in patients with chronic GIT symptoms. DOI: 10.21276/apalm.1607


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