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An unusual cause of cholecystitis: a worm in the bag
  1. N Elaldi1,
  2. M Turan2,
  3. M Arslan3,
  4. I Dokmetas1,
  5. M Bakir1
  1. 1Infectious Diseases Department, Cumhuriyet University Hospital, Sivas, Turkey
  2. 2General Surgery Department, the Cumhuriyet University Hospital
  3. 3Radiology Department, Cumhuriyet University Hospital
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr N Elaldi, Cumhuriyet University Hospital, Infectious Diseases Department, 58140, Sivas, Turkey;

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