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Halloween CT cholangiogram

Andrew D Wills
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (8): 461.
Published online: 21 October 2002

A 35-year-old woman presented with symptoms suggestive of gallstones. These were confirmed on a computed tomography cholangiogram (see picture), the contrast clearly defining their outline. However, their unique "jack-o'-lantern" configuration also serves as a seasonal reminder that, like the present-day association with Halloween, the word "gall" derives from an Old English word meaning "something unpleasant to experience"!

  • Andrew D Wills

  • The Porter's Lodge, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, UK.

Correspondence: awillsy@hotmail.com

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