ACUTE NONCALCULOUS cholecystitis in children is rarely diagnosed preoperatively; in fact, it is seldom considered when abdominal pain, a mass, or jaundice occurs in a child who presents with a systemic illness. Our patient posed an unusual problem which challenges the physician's diagnostic acumen. His history also serves as the basis for a review of the known facts about childhood cholecystitis, with and without stones, which provides a guide to diagnosis and ef£ective surgical treatment of this condition in…
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