Gallbladder agenesis with no other biliary tract abnormality: Report of a case and review of the literature

Naoio Gotohda, Satoshi Itano, Sadayuki Horiki, Akira Endo, Atsunori Nakao, Norihiko Terada, Noriaki Tanaka

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We report a rare adult case of gallbladder agenesis with no other biliary tract abnormality. The patient was a 29-year-old man with pain in the right upper-quadrant of the abdomen, and vomiting. The gallbladder was not visualized by ultrasonography, computed tomography, or endoscopic retrograde cholangiography. The common bile duct was slightly dilated. No other abnormalities, including anomalous choledochopancreatic duct junction, were found. Based on these imaging findings and the patient's right hypochondrial pain, there was a high index of suspicion of chronic cholecystitis caused by incarcerated gallstones in the neck of the gallbladder. At operation, we carefully observed the gallbladder fossa, using laparoscopy, and found gallbladder to be absent. Although the operation involved only observation via a laparoscope, the patient has since remained well and asymptomatic. It is difficult to make a correct diagnosis of gallbladder agenesis preoperatively. We believe that, if the gallbladder is not visualized by imaging techniques, it may be better to perform laparoscopy for observation before performing laparotomy, in order to reduce surgical stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-330
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Biliary tract abnormality
  • Gallbladder agenesis
  • Laparoscope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Hepatology


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