J Glob Infect Dis 2019 Jan-Mar;11(1):47-49
Department of Infectious Diseases, Stony Brook University, School of Medicine, Stony Brook, New York, USA.
Spilled gallstones during laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) are common. Lost gallstones can lead to complications such as intra-abdominal abscesses, which can occur days, months, or even years after the procedure. belongs to the family of Enterobacteriaceae. It is a low-virulence pathogen; however, it is linked to infections of the urinary tract and abdomen. We report the case of a 70-year-old diabetic male who presented with - associated subhepatic abscess. Two years prior, he had emphysematous cholecystitis and liver abscess caused by . During his LC, gallstones were spilled in the abdominal cavity and every effort was made to retrieve them. However, 2 years later, an aspiration of the subhepatic abscess revealed cholesterol fragments. We hypothesize that dislodged cholesterol gallstones and bile, contaminated with , were the culprits for the appearance of the subhepatic abscess with the same organism 2 years after the LC.