October 1972

Paraganglioma of the Gallbladder

Author Affiliations

Ann Arbor, Mich
From the Section of General Surgery and departments of surgery and pathology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, and Wayne County General Hospital, Eloise, Mich.

Arch Surg. 1972;105(4):637-639. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180100080019

What appears to be the first case of a paraganglioma arising in the wall of the gallbladder is described. As there was no symptomatology of a catecholamine-secreting neoplasm, the tumor was believed to be nonfunctional. The chromaffin reaction was inconclusive since it was performed on tissue following prolonged formaldehyde solution fixation. The possible origins of this neoplasm occurring in such an unusual location are discussed.