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Title: Hepatic haemangioma masquerading as the gallbladder in a case of gallbladder agenesis: A case report and literature review
Authors: Stephenson, James A.
Norwood, Michael
Al-Leswas, Dhya
Al-Taan, Omer
Lloyd, David M.
Dennison, Ashley R.
Beable, Richard
First Published: 2010
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Citation: HPB Surgery , 2010, 2010
Abstract: Gallbladder agenesis is uncommon. In contrast, liver haemangiomas are the most common type of benign liver lesions. We describe the first documented case of gallbladder agenesis where the clinical presentation was consistent with biliary colic, and radiological investigation suggested the presence of gallstones. Subsequent operative findings revealed a solitary haemangioma of the liver sited in the normal position of the gallbladder fossa but with absence of the gallbladder. It is important that clinicians should keep gallbladder agenesis in mind when the gallbladder appears abnormal on preoperative imaging studies and cannot be found at laparoscopy. As symptoms will improve in 98% of cases, it is very important to avoid unnecessary intervention in patients who have a negative laparoscopy. The clinical presentation, investigations, and operative findings are discussed with a review of other relevant reported cases in the literature.
DOI Link: 10.1155/2010/971609
ISSN: 0894-8569
eISSN: 1607-8462
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2010 James A. Stephenson et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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