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  • 2013-11-07

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in double gallbladder with dual pathology

Epublication WebSurg.com, Nov 2013;13(11). URL:
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Surgically significant anatomical variations are commonly encountered in cholecystectomies. Rarer though is double gallbladder. This anomaly adds more complexity to laparoscopy. The author presents a surgical video of laparoscopic cholecystectomy of a symptomatic young man with double gallbladder, highlighting the importance of preoperative diagnosis, meticulous dissection of the cholecysto-hepatic triangle, use of operative cholangiogram, and gentle blunt dissection near the porta hepatis as a recipe of success. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) was suggestive of type 1 V-shaped gallbladder, with a short single cystic duct draining into the CBD. Operative cholangiogram showed one moiety containing the stones communicating with the CBD via a rather long cystic duct, while the other partially intrahepatic moiety was shown to be blind and non-communicating with either the CBD or its counterpart. The second gallbladder was in close proximity to the porta hepatis and to the right hepatic duct. Both gallbladders were supplied by a solitary cystic artery of significant size. Gentle blunt dissection by means of the suction cannula tip helped to dissect the second gallbladder from its intrahepatic position, safeguarding important porta hepatis structures. At the completion of surgery, both gallbladder fossas were carefully inspected to rule out any bile leak. Post-extraction dissection of the specimen showed a calculous cholecystitis in one piece and acalculous pyocele in the other piece, which was confirmed by histopathological examination.