Porcelain gallbladder

Calcification of the wall of the gallbladder. The gallbladder looks on ultrasound, abdominal X-ray and computed tomography (CT) as if it were made of "porcelain." The calcification results from chronic cholecystitis (gallbladder inflammation) usually associated with gallstones. Patients with a calcified gallbladder have an increased risk of cancer of the gallbladder.

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diffuse or focal calcification of the gallbladder wall, arising in chronic cholecystitis and frequently associated with the development of carcinoma.

Porcelain gallbladder with concentric calcification of the gallbladder wall (arrow). A large gallbladder cancer is also present.


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