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Incidental ultrasound finding of cholelithiasis in an 8-week-old infant: A case report

Brakohiapa, E. K. K., Brown, W., Edzie, E. K. M. , Sarkodie, B. D., Dzefi-Tettey, K., Ohene-Botwe, B. ORCID: 0000-0002-0477-640X & Gorleku, P. N. (2023). Incidental ultrasound finding of cholelithiasis in an 8-week-old infant: A case report. Radiology Case Reports, 18(11), pp. 4134-4136. doi: 10.1016/j.radcr.2023.08.083


Infantile cholelithiasis is a rare occurrence. It is often diagnosed incidentally during ultrasonography for other conditions as most cases are asymptomatic and may be self-limiting. A few cases may however present with prolonged neonatal or infantile jaundice. We report our initial experience with an incidental case of infantile cholelithiasis in an 8-week-old male infant who was brought to our ultrasound unit in Accra, Ghana, for an abdominal ultrasound on account of conjugated hyperbilirubinemia and pigmented stools. The patient had presented initially at the children's emergency unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, 2 days after an uneventful delivery, with a history of yellowing of the eyes, noticed on the first day of life, which necessitated the request for the ultrasound examination, leading to this rare finding of infantile cholelithiasis. The availability and use of modern sonographic equipment are likely to result in more effective detection of this incidental finding and its subsequent management.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND license and permits non-commercial use of the work as published, without adaptation or alteration provided the work is fully attributed.
Publisher Keywords: Infantile cholelithiasis, Gallbladder, Ultrasound, Ghana
Subjects: R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
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