THOMAS J. FITZPATRICK, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Hemocholecyst is defined as hemorrhage from the gall bladder which is nontraumatic in origin and which has not resulted from intraperitoneal rupture of the gall bladder (1).
The purpose of this paper is to review the world literature bearing on this subject, and to report an additional case, more unusual in that the hemocholecyst was associated with a cholecystogastric fistula.
Most cases of hemocholecyst are diagnosed at surgery or on post-mortem examination. Clinically they are classifiable in large series of massive gastrointestinal hemorrhages as the 2 to 5% of cases of hemorrhage from undetermined source, unknown etiology, or unusual and
FITZPATRICK TJ. Hemocholecyst: A Neglected Cause of Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage. Ann Intern Med. ;55:1008–1013. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-55-6-1008
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;55(6):1008-1013.
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