Covid Recovered Patients Report Gallbladder Gangrene

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  • gallbladder gangrene was reported in 5 patients who recovered from Covid
  • medical experts at the hospital believe this is the first report of such cases in India
  • the five patients – four men and a woman aged between 37 and 75 – were successfully treated at the hospital between June and August
  • all these patients successfully underwent laparoscopic removal of necrotic perforated gall bladders
  • timely diagnosis and early intervention with broad-spectrum antibiotics may prevent the perforation of the gallbladder

Doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital have seen five patients who developed gallbladder gangrene after recovering from Covid-19. Medical experts at the hospital believe this is the first report of such cases in India says an article on The Indian Express.

Gallbladder gangrene in India

Gallbladder gangrene was reported in 5 patients who recovered from Covid. Ganga Ram doctors say it is the first such case in India. The five patients – four men and a woman aged between 37 and 75 – were successfully treated at the hospital between June and August.

Complications and discomforts

The patients complained of fever, pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, and vomiting. Two of them had diabetes and one suffered from heart disease. Three patients had received steroids for the management of Covid-19 symptoms.

Successfully treated

Dr. Anil Arora, Chairman of the Institute of Liver, Gastroenterology, and Pancreaticobiliary Sciences at the hospital said, “We recently successfully treated five patients for gallbladder gangrene between June to August 2021, who had recovered from Covid-19 infection and presented with severe inflammation of gallbladder without gallstones (acalculous cholecystitis) resulting in gangrene of gallbladder requiring urgent surgery.”

Serious condition with high morbidity

“All these patients successfully underwent laparoscopic removal of necrotic perforated gall bladders,” Dr. Arora said. He added that “acalculous cholecystitis” with the gangrenous gallbladder is a serious condition associated with high morbidity (up to 30-60%) and much higher mortality than “calculous cholecystitis”.

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Source: The Indian Express

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