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December 1983

Gallbladder Distention in Ill Preterm Infants

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, East Carolina University School of Medicine, Greenville, NC.

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(12):1179-1180. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140380039013

• Four ill preterm infants each had a severely dilated gallbladder that was detected as a right-upper-quadrant abdominal mass. In each infant, the diagnosis was suspected on physical examination and confirmed by ultrasound study. One extremely premature infant with respiratory distress syndrome died, and at autopsy, the gallbladder and biliary tree showed no abnormalities, except for severe gallbladder distention. In the other three infants, distention of the gallbladder resolved spontaneously.

(Am J Dis Child 1983;137:1179-1180)

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