Gastric outlet obstruction by gallstone: Bouveret syndrome. Academic Article uri icon


  • Gallstone has rarely been described as a cause of gastrointestinal obstruction. However, the relative incidence of gallstone ileus increases significantly with age. The gastric outlet is very seldom the location of obstruction by a gallstone. The diagnosis of this condition is not difficult. Nevertheless, if treatment is delayed, high morbidity and mortality rates result. Comprehensive treatment aims to relieve the obstruction, to close the biliodigestive fistula and to prevent further gallbladder complications. The surgeon who deals with this type of illness should tailor the treatment plan according to the age, general condition, and intraoperative findings of the individual patient. This paper presents a case report of an 88- year-old woman with gastric outlet obstruction caused by a gallstone.

publication date

  • January 1, 2000