Bouveret’s syndrome and cholecystogastric fistula: a case-report and review of the literature

Karim Osman, Daniel Maselli, Ayse Tuba Kendi, Mark Larson

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An exceptionally rare cause of gastric outlet obstruction, Bouveret’s syndrome results from proximal impaction of an ectopic gallstone, enabled by fistulization that aberrantly connects the biliary and luminal gastrointestinal tract, typically a cholecystoduodenal fistula. It occurs with a 2:1 female predominance, most often in the eighth decade of life. Endoscopic treatment is the preferred first-line strategy in management, followed by surgical intervention if unsuccessful. Endoscopy failed to retrieve the stone due to its size, despite attempted lithotripsy, which prompted laparoscopic retrieval. Bouveret’s syndrome compels a high index of suspicion in proximal gastrointestinal obstruction even when presenting in a male a decade younger than the median age of diagnosis (74 years), with no preceding biliary symptoms particularly as early intervention can considerably reduce morbidity and mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)527-531
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020


  • Bouveret’s syndrome
  • Gallstones
  • Gastric outlet obstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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