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Case Rep Gastrointest Med


Gallbladder Agenesis without Additional Biliary Tracts Abnormality.


Meshkati Yazd S M, Bayati H, Nabavizadeh S S, Shahriarirad R
Case Rep Gastrointest Med. 2022; 2022:3209658.
PMID: 35783120.


Gallbladder agenesis (GA) is a very uncommon disorder of the biliary system. Diagnosis of GA can be difficult and may result in unnecessary procedures. In this case report, we will discuss our experience with an intraoperative accidental diagnosis of GA in a middle-aged woman that was effectively treated. A 46-year-old woman presented with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and intolerance to meals. Laparoscopic surgery was conducted based on sonographic imaging and a preliminary diagnosis of chronic cholecystitis. No gallbladder was seen during laparoscopy, and the patient was diagnosed as a case of GA. The laparoscopy was terminated, and the patient was referred for magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) to confirm the diagnosis. Finally, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and sphincterotomy were performed to alleviate symptoms. After one year of follow-up, the patient's overall condition is satisfactory and symptom-free.