Sonographic diagnosis of Bouveret's syndrome

Sudhakar Kundapur Venkatesh, Manigandan Subramaniam Thyagarajan, Ratni Bajaj Gujral, Archana Gupta

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A case of Bouveret's syndrome with obstruction of the duodenojejunal flexure diagnosed preoperatively by sonography is presented. A 48-year-old man with a history of cholelithiasis presented with colicky pain of 2 days' duration. Real-time sonography revealed a fluid-distended stomach and duodenum and a 3.4-cm bright curvilinear echo with dense shadowing in the duodenojejunal flexure, suggesting a gallstone. In addition, there was pneumobilia and evidence of chronic cholecystitis. The findings were confirmed with CT, which showed a partially calcified gallstone at the duodenojejunal flexure, pneumobilia, and a fistulous communication between the gallbladder and duodenum. At surgery, a large gallstone was found impacted at the duodenojejunal flexure. The stone and gallbladder were successfully removed and the fistula repaired. The sonographic diagnosis of Bouveret's syndrome enabled early surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-166
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Ultrasound
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2003


  • Biliary system
  • Bouveret's syndrome
  • Duodenum
  • Gallstone
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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