Congenital duplication of the gallbladder

Safioleas, Michael C.; Papavassiliou, Vassilios G.; Moulakakis, Konstantinos G.; Angoukas, Dimitrios C.; Skandalakis, Panagiotis; Angouras, Dimitrios C
March 2006
American Surgeon;Mar2006, Vol. 72 Issue 3, p217
Academic Journal
journal article
Duplication of the gallbladder is a rare congenital anomaly of the biliary system. In this article, two cases of gallbladder duplication are presented. The first case is a patient with double gallbladder and concomitant choledocholithiasis. The probable diagnosis of double gallbladder was made preoperatively by computed tomography. The patient underwent a successful open cholecystectomy and common bile duct exploration. In the second case, two cystic formations in the place of gallbladder are demonstrated with ultrasound scan in a woman with acute cholecystitis. At surgery, two gallbladders were found. A brief review of epidemiology and anatomy of double gallbladder is included, along with a discussion of the difficulties in diagnosis and treatment of this condition.


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