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August 1956

Ectopic Liver: Its Occurrence in the Gall Bladder

Author Affiliations

San Francisco; Los Angeles
From the Division of Laboratories and the Department of Radiology, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital.; Trainee of the National Cancer Institute; now Director of Laboratories, Kaiser Foundation Hospital (Dr. Bassis).

AMA Arch Surg. 1956;73(2):204-206. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1956.01280020018004

The liver is one of the most stable organs of the body and rarely shows any marked gross abnormalities in spite of its complex development. The commoner anomalies are concerned with irregularities in form, number of lobes, and presence of cysts. Ectopic liver nodules are less commonly seen and are sufficiently rare to warrant a brief review because of their interest to the anatomist, surgeon, and pathologist.

In the past two years we have observed four cases in which the ectopic liver was found attached by a broad mesenteric stalk to the serosa of the gall bladder, completely detached from the liver. Three were found in surgical specimens, the fourth at autopsy. All were incidental findings.

The gall bladder in each of the three surgical specimens was resected because of chronic cholecystitis with associated calculi. In each instance the ectopic liver was located on the serosal surface of the posterior