Agenesis of the gallbladder: Difficulties in management
Article first published online: 23 FEB 2005
Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Volume 20, Issue 5, pages 671–675, May 2005
How to Cite
BANI-HANI, K. E. (2005), Agenesis of the gallbladder: Difficulties in management. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 20: 671–675. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1746.2005.03740.x
- Issue published online: 5 APR 2005
- Article first published online: 23 FEB 2005
- Accepted for publication 5 June 2004.
- congenital anomaly;
- gallbladder agenesis;
- gallbladder anomalies;
- gallbladder diseases;
- laparoscopic cholecystectomy
Abstract Gallbladder agenesis is a rare congenital biliary anomaly that may be associated with other biliary and extrabiliary congenital anomalies. Awareness of this entity by clinicians and radiologists is essential because many of these patients present with biliary symptoms and have unnecessary operations. In the present article, the relative epidemiological, etiological (embryology and development), pathophysiological, diagnostic tools and pitfalls and management aspects of this rare anatomic anomaly are briefly discussed through review of the literature. Particular reference to the difficulty in preoperative diagnosis is highlighted. The importance of the possibility of preoperative diagnosis to avoid unnecessary surgery is stressed.