Acute cholecystitis in a patient with complete situs inversus: a case report


  • Fleur Berbers Department of Surgery, Slingeland Hospital, Doetinchem, Netherlands.
  • Suzanne van Leuven Department of Surgery, Slingeland Hospital, Doetinchem, Netherlands.
  • Ton K.C.A. van Engelenburg Slingeland hospital, Doetinchem, the Netherlands, Netherlands.
  • Richard P.G. ten Broek | Department of Surgery, Slingeland Hospital, Doetinchem, Netherlands.


Situs inversus is a rare congenital anomaly, characterized by transposition of the large organs. Although the anomaly is generally without symptoms, it can cause difficulties in the diagnostic process. We present the case of 44-year old man presenting with acute cholecystitis. The patient underwent successful laparoscopic cholecystectomy, from which he recovered uneventful. Performing a laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a patient with situs inversus can be technically more demanding and requires re-orientation from the surgeon.



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Author Biographies

Ton K.C.A. van Engelenburg, Slingeland hospital, Doetinchem, the Netherlands
Consultant surgeon
Richard P.G. ten Broek, Department of Surgery, Slingeland Hospital, Doetinchem

Department of Surgery

Post-doctoral researcher

Surgery resident

Case Reports
Situs inversus, emergency surgery., cholecystitis, emergency surgery
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Berbers F, van Leuven S, van Engelenburg TK, ten Broek RP. Acute cholecystitis in a patient with complete situs inversus: a case report. J Peritoneum [Internet]. 2016Nov.30 [cited 2020Aug.10];1(2). Available from:

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