• Barbara Neto Castro Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova Gaia/Espinho
  • Ana Rita Ferreira Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova Gaia/Espinho
  • Susana Graça Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova Gaia/Espinho
  • Manuel Oliveira Centro Hospitalar Vila Nova Gaia/Espinho


Gallstone ileus, a rare complication of cholelithiasis, is caused by an impaction of gallstones within the gastrointestinal tract leading to mechanical intestinal obstruction. Here in, we describe a case of gallstone ileus in a 62-year-old woman successfully treated with enterolithotomy. The patient was discharged home after an uneventful post-operative period. Gallstone ileus is an uncommon complication of gallstones and a rare cause of intestinal obstruction, with often delayed presentation and non-specific symptoms. The preferred approach is enterolithotomy. Elective cholecystectomy after the acute episode is controversial.


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How to Cite
CASTRO, Barbara Neto et al. GALLSTONE ILEUS: A STONE IN THE WAY. J Soc Surg Nep, [S.l.], v. 26, n. 1, p. 43-45, aug. 2023. ISSN 2392-4772. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 22 sep. 2023.