Laparoscopic management of gallbladder duplication

Nursal T. Z. , Ulusan S., Tercan F., Yildirim S., Tarim A., Noyan T., ...More

INTERNATIONAL SURGERY, vol.92, no.4, pp.195-197, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 92 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Title of Journal : INTERNATIONAL SURGERY
  • Page Numbers: pp.195-197


Gallbladder duplication is a rare condition. Because laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the primary treatment modality for the diseased single gallbladders, it should be the choice of treatment for double gallbladders. However, preoperative imaging methods may be unsatisfactory for the correct diagnosis. As a result, incomplete resections may be performed. Intraoperative cholangiography should be performed in suspected cases to prevent inadvertent injury to the biliary system. In this report, we present a symptomatic patient with double gallbladders with separate cystic ducts in whom the gallbladders were successfully resected as a single specimen by laparoscopic means. The pitfalls of diagnostic modalities and surgical strategy are discussed in the context of the available literature.