A phantom gallbladder on endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography

Jinhong Xing, Jeremy Rochester, Caroline K. Messer, Bruce P. Reiter, Mark A. Korsten

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6274-6276
Number of pages3
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number46
StatePublished - 14 Dec 2007


  • Abscess
  • Complication
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangio-pancreatography
  • Gallbladder
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy


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