Cholestasis in a Three Year-Old Child Following Abdominal Blunt Trauma: A Case Report




Introduction: Extra-hepatic bile duct injuries in children following blunt abdominal trauma are rare; early diagnosis and treatment are imperative for a good outcome. The purpose of this report is to describe the management of problems encountered in children with bile duct injuries following blunt abdominal trauma. Case Presentation: A three year-old girl presented with obstructive jaundice and vomiting following blunt abdominal trauma one month prior to referral. The child was sitting in her father’s lap when the accident occurred. She was then examined by an emergency physician to assess the cause of vomiting. An abdominal ultrasonography was performed and revealed dilatation of the common bile duct. Conclusions: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of bile duct injury following blunt trauma and its emergency management.