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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 5, Issue 5, Pages 171-173
Brief Communication

Spontaneous Rupture of a Nonparasitic Hepatic Cyst Associated with Peritonitis

Patricia Shipley, Barry Baylis, Noel Hershfield, Robert Lui, and Norman CW Wong

Departments of Medicine, Medical Biochemistry, and Surgery, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Received 15 July 1991; Accepted 7 October 1991

Copyright © 1991 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The first report of a nonparnsitic cyst complicated by rupture and peritonitis is given. A 63-year-old female found to have a nonparasitic hepatic cyst was discharged from hospital when her symptoms of sharp intermittent pains in the right upper quadrant resolved spontaneously. Hours later, she was re-admitted with rupture and peritonitis. After hepatic cystojejunostomy (Roux-en-y) and T-tube placement in the common bile duct, the patient remains asymptomatic two years later.