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  • 3820
  • 2015-04-14

Unintentional dissection of the common bile duct

Epublication WebSurg.com, Apr 2015;15(04). URL:
This video demonstrates the case of an 81-year-old woman with chronic cholecystitis. She has had several episodes of right hypochondrium pain with altered liver tests, which spontaneously got back to normal values. Ultrasound and CT-scan demonstrated the presence of uncomplicated gallstones and a slightly hypotonic common bile duct (8mm in diameter). No obstacle was visualized in the common bile duct. A delayed laparoscopic cholecystectomy was scheduled. This video shows how some inaccuracies in the dissection technique and the presence of an altered anatomy have led to a circumferential dissection of the common bile duct. Common bile duct injury was avoided and the importance of an intraoperative cholangiography is emphasized.