How to Suspect and Manage an Hypoplasic Gallbladder: A Case Report and Review of Literature

David Martínez Cecilia, Anna Trinidad Borràs, Jara Hernández Gutiérrez, David Martínez Cecilia
2020 International Journal of Surgical Case Reports  
Malformations related to the gallbladder are uncommon, with an incidence lower than 0,1%. The majority of them are asymptomatic, however when symptoms appear are non-specific with a similar presentation to biliary colic. Methods: We report a case of a 29-year-old woman with persistent upper right abdominal pain and no visualization of the gallbladder in the ultrasound (US), CT scan or in the magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP). Results: A laparoscopic exploration was performed
more » ... to persistent abdominal pain which confirmed an hypoplasic gallbladder. After cholecystectomy, symptoms were relieved. Herein we propose a decisional algorithm when suspecting a gallbladder with agenesis or hypoplasia. Conclusion: Surgeons need to take into consideration congenital anomalies of the gallbladder. Performing imaging techniques is important in order not to misdiagnose hypoplasia.
doi:10.31487/j.ijscr.2020.03.09 fatcat:a5s6mmvqjbfevjwneehyrlc45q