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INIGUEZ, Armando et al. Bouveret syndrome: Report of four cases. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2008, vol.136, n.2, pp.163-168. ISSN 0034-9887.

Bouveret syndrome is a duodenal obstruction caused by a biliary stone. Aim: To report patients with Bouveret syndrome. Material and Methods: Retrospective review of medical records of patients with Bouveret syndrome treated between 1976 and 2006. Results: We report three women and one man with a mean age of 62.5 years. None had a previous diagnosis of cholelithiasis. AH presented with colicky pain in the right upper quadrant and vomiting, suggesting gastric retention. The diagnosis was suspected after a barium meal in two patients and with a CT scan on the other two. The endoscopical extraction or fragmentation of stones was attempted in three patients but was successful only in one. Three patients were operated and a stone impacted in the first portion of the duodenum was identified, along with a cholecystoduodenal fistula. A duodenostomy and stone extraction was performed. One patient was subjected to a cholecystectomy fistula repair and gastrojejunoanastomosis. No patient died and all were discharged within 8 to 12 days after surgery. Conclusions: Bouveret syndrome is an uncommon complication of cholelithiasis. Endoscopy can be diagnostic and therapeutic. Surgery is the other therapeutic option

Keywords : Duodenostomy; Duodenal obstruction; Gallstones.

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