Intrahepatic Gallbladder
  • Sherif Monib
    General Surgery Department, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hertfordshire, UK
  • Piyush Mahapatra
    General Surgery Department, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hertfordshire, UK
  • Hany Fayez
    General Surgery Department, Faculty of Medicine, Fayoum University, Egypt


Gallbladder, intrahepatic gallbladder, cholecystectomy


Gallbladders have been reported in various ectopic locations.An intrahepatic gallbladder is one where the gallbladder lies within the liver parenchyma or has a subcapsular location along the anterior inferior right lobe of the liver. Intrahepatic gallbladders can have impaired function leading to the formation of gallbladder stones. We present the case of a 57-year-old man who was found to have an intrahepatic gallbladder which was not detected before a retrograde open cholecystectomy was carried out without intra-operative or postoperative complications. Awareness of ectopic gallbladdersand their recognition allows proper intra-operative planning.



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    Published: 2019-05-27
    Issue: Vol 6 No 6 (view)

    How to cite:
    Monib S, Mahapatra P, Fayez H. Intrahepatic Gallbladder. EJCRIM 2019;6 doi:10.12890/2019_001123.