Diffuse Gallbladder Wall Thickening: Differential Diagnosis

http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/content/abstract/188/2/495

Adriaan C. Van Breda Vriesman 1 ; Marc R. Engelbrecht 2 ; Robin H. M. Smithuis 1 ; Julien B. C. M. Puylaert 3

1 Department of Radiology, Rijnland Hospital, Simon Smitweg 1, PO Box 4220, NL-2350 CC Leiderdorp, The Netherlands.
2 Department of Radiology, UMC Radboud, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
3 Department of Radiology, MCH Westeinde Hospital, The Hague, The Netherlands.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to review and illustrate the various clinical entities that may cause diffuse thickening of the gallbladder wall on diagnostic imaging studies.

CONCLUSION: Diffuse gallbladder wall thickening may be caused by a wide range of gallbladder diseases and extracholecystic pathologic conditions. In most cases its cause can be determined by correlation of the clinical presentation and associated imaging findings.