Empyema of the gall bladder - reappraisal of a neglected disease.

  title={Empyema of the gall bladder - reappraisal of a neglected disease.},
  author={John Richard Thornton and Kenneth W. Heaton and Harry J. Espiner and Wayne Eltringham},
  volume={24 12},
Thirty two patients with empyema of the gall bladder were identified among 1327 cases of gall-bladder disease presenting to one hospital over a six year period. Abdominal pain had been present for a median of eight days and, in eight cases, for between one and four months. In a few cases, the disease was painless and was discovered unexpectedly at postmortem or at operation for unrelated disease. The serious nature of the complaint was belied by the often scanty physical signs. Less than half… CONTINUE READING


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