Xing J, Rochester J, Messer CK, Reiter BP, Korsten MA. A phantom gallbladder on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. World J Gastroenterol 2007; 13(46): 6274-6276 [PMID: 18069773 DOI: 10.3748/wjg.v13.i46.6274]
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A phantom gallbladder on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
Jinhong Xing, Jeremy Rochester, Caroline K Messer, Bruce P Reiter, Mark A Korsten
Jinhong Xing, Jeremy Rochester, Caroline K Messer, Bruce P Reiter, Mark A Korsten, Gastroenterology and Radiology Programs, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY 10468, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York 10468, United States
Author contributions: All authors contributed equally to the work.
Correspondence to: Mark A Korsten, MD, James J Peters VA Medical Center, 130 W. Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, New York 10468, United States. email@example.com
Received: April 20, 2007 Revised: September 6, 2007 Accepted: October 17, 2007 Published online: December 14, 2007
Various complications have been related to laparoscopic cholecystectomy but most occur shortly after the procedure. In this report, we present a case with very late complications in which an abscess developed within the gallbladder fossa 6 years after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The abscess resolved after treatment with CT-guided extrahepatic aspiration. However, 4 years later, an endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) performed for choledocholithiasis demonstrated a “gallbladder” which communicated with the common bile duct via a patent cystic duct. This unique case indicates that a cystic duct stump may communicate with the gallbladder fossa many years following cholecystectomy.