IN THE past 10 years at the Childrens Hospital of Michigan there have been two cases of choledochus cyst or congenital cystic dilatation of the common bile duct, in both of which treatment was successful. The increased number of case reports in the literature of this period indicates that this rare and interesting lesion is being recognized and treated more frequently and with better results.
Shallow, Eger and Wagner1 in 1943 presented a comprehensive review of the literature in which a total of 175 authentic cases were reported. These authors2 augmented that review in 1946 by the report of a case of their own and of six additional cases from the literature, bringing the total to 182 cases. A review of the more recent literature reveals case reports by Keeley, Kelsey, Davis, McLaughlin, Armanino, Irwin and Morison, Chesterman, Bleger and Boyer.3 These with the two previously unreported
HERTZLER JH, MAGUIRE CE. CONGENITAL DILATATION OF THE COMMON BILE DUCTReport of Two Cases in Children. AMA Arch Surg. 1951;62(2):275-283. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1951.01250030280009