Massive hemobilia caused by rupture of gastroduodenal artery pseudoaneurysm, a delayed complication of laparoscopic cholecystectomy: a case report

Kurniawan K., Wibawa I.D.N., Somayana G., Mariadi I.K., Mulyawan I.M.

Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University/Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia; Gastroentero-Hepatology Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Udayana University/Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia; Digestive Surgery Division, Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Udayana University/Sanglah General Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia


Background: Hemobilia is a rare cause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding that originates from the biliary tract. It is infrequently considered in diagnosis, especially in the absence of abdominal trauma or history of hepatopancreatobiliary procedure, such as cholecystectomy, which can cause arterial pseudoaneurysm. Prompt diagnosis is crucial because its management strategy is distinct from other types of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Here, we present a case of massive hemobilia caused by the rupture of a gastroduodenal artery pseudoaneurysm in a patient with a history of laparoscopic cholecystectomy 3 years prior to presentation. Case presentation: A 44-year-old Indonesian female presented to the emergency department with complaint of hematemesis and melena accompanied by abdominal pain and icterus. History of an abdominal trauma was denied. However, she reported having undergone a laparoscopic cholecystectomy 3 years prior to presentation. On physical examination, we found anemic conjunctiva and icteric sclera. Nonvariceal bleeding was suspected, but esophagogastroduodenoscopy showed a blood clot at the ampulla of Vater. Angiography showed contrast extravasation from a gastroduodenal artery pseudoaneurysm. The patient underwent pseudoaneurysm ligation and excision surgery to stop the bleeding. After surgery, the patient’s vital signs were stable, and there was no sign of rebleeding. Conclusion: Gastroduodenal artery pseudoaneurysm is a rare complication of laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The prolonged time interval, as compared with other postcholecystectomy hemobilia cases, resulted in hemobilia not being considered as an etiology of the gastrointestinal bleeding at presentation. Hemobilia should be considered as a possible etiology of gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with history of cholecystectomy, regardless of the time interval between the invasive procedure and onset of bleeding. © 2021, The Author(s).

Gastroduodenal artery pseudoaneurysm; Hemobilia; Laparoscopic cholecystectomy; Pseudoaneurysm


Journal of Medical Case Reports

Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd

Volume 15, Issue 1, Art No 331, Page – , Page Count

Journal Link:

doi: 10.1186/s13256-021-02915-1

Issn: 17521947

Type: All Open Access, Gold, Green


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