Porcelain gallbladder

Calcified rim around the GB wall –> known as porcelain gallbladder

  • Has been used to describe the blue discolouration and brittle gallbladder wall at surgery.
  • Cause is unknown, but is likely due to chronic cholecystitis leading to dystrophic scarring and calcification of the wall.
  • Traditionally seen as high risk for cholangiocarcinoma, so cholecystectomy is often recommended, although recent studies showed that the risk is only 5-7%.
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