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Case Reports in Radiology
Volume 2017, Article ID 2879568, 4 pages
Case Report

A Rare Finding of Falciform Ligament Thrombosis as a Sequel of Acute Pancreatitis

Hairmyres Hospital, Glasgow G75 8RG, UK

Correspondence should be addressed to H. Q. C. Lim; ku.gro.srotcod@milsyrc

Received 16 September 2017; Accepted 23 November 2017; Published 18 December 2017

Academic Editor: Vincent Low

Copyright © 2017 H. Q. C. Lim et al. 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.


Falciform ligament (remnant of umbilical vein) is an anatomical structure that connects the liver to the anterior abdominal wall. This case reports a rare clinical presentation of falciform ligament thrombosis as a consequence of acute gallstone pancreatitis, in a patient with noncirrhotic liver. A 55-year-old female with a history of cholelithiasis was admitted with abdominal pain. Biochemistry profile showed hyperamylasemia and deranged liver function tests. Computerized Tomography (CT) revealed a 3 cm attenuated structure that can be traced up to the left portal vein, which represents an acute thrombosis of the falciform ligament. The patient was treated with Tinzaparin and subsequently anticoagulated. She subsequently had a laparoscopic cholecystectomy and made an uneventful recovery. We suspect that pancreatitis caused thrombophlebitis subsequently leading to recanalization and thrombosis of the umbilical vein. Falciform ligament thrombosis is a rare and poorly described complication following pancreatitis which clinicians and radiologists should be aware of.