Journal Article

Duplicated extrahepatic bile duct identified following cholecystectomy injury

Lauren Hoepfner, Mary Katherine Sweeney and Jared A. White

in Journal of Surgical Case Reports

Volume 2016, issue 4
Published online April 2016 | e-ISSN: 2042-8812 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jscr/rjw064

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Though variations of intrahepatic biliary anatomy are quite common, duplication of the extrahepatic biliary system is extremely rare and reported infrequently in the literature. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is one of the most common general surgery procedures performed. Unfortunately, iatrogenic bile duct injuries can contribute to significant morbidity including hospital readmissions, infectious complications and death. Anomalous extrahepatic biliary anatomy may be one of the factors, which increases the likelihood of bile duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. We present a case of an iatrogenic bile duct injury that occurred during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, in which a duplicated extrahepatic biliary system was identified intraoperatively during the definitive operative repair.

Journal Article.  1285 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Surgery

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