Spectrum of imaging findings in hyperplastic cholecystosis and potential mimics

Dania G. Malik, Nirvikar Dahiya, Meghan G. Lubner, P. J. Pickhardt, Khaled M. Elsayes, Kathryn A. Robinson, Christine O. Menias

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Adenomyomatosis and cholesterolosis of the gallbladder, collectively termed hyperplastic cholecystosis, are commonly encountered incidental findings on imaging studies performed for a variety of indications including biliary colic or nonspecific abdominal pain. These pathologies are rarely the source of symptoms, generally considered benign and do not require further work-up. However, their imaging characteristics can overlap with more sinister conditions that should not be missed. In this review, the imaging findings of adenomyomatosis and cholesterolosis will be reviewed followed by other gallbladder pathologies that might mimic these conditions radiologically. Important differentiating factors will be discussed that can aid the radiologist in making a more confident imaging diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-62
Number of pages16
JournalAbdominal Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023


  • Adenomyomatosis
  • Cholesterolosis
  • Gallbladder
  • Hyperplastic cholecystosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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