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January 4, 1985

Gallbladder Wall Thickening in Preeclampsia

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Radiology (Drs Gadwood, Reynes, and Flisak) and Obstetrics-Gynecology (Drs Gianopoulos, Tomich, and Karlman), Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, III.

JAMA. 1985;253(1):71-73. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350250079027

Sonographic examination of the gallbladder in two patients with preeclampsia and right upper quadrant pain demonstrated notable thickening of the gallbladder wall. The sonographic abnormality and clinical symptoms completely resolved after delivery and/or medical management of the preeclampsia. This finding is probably secondary to the hypoalbuminemia characteristic of preeclampsia and should not be mistaken for intrinsic gallbladder disease.

(JAMA 1985;253:71-73)