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July 1959

Triplication of Gallbladder

Author Affiliations

Decatur, III.
Pathologist, St. Mary's Hospital.

AMA Arch Surg. 1959;79(1):144-145. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1959.04320070148024

Reduplication of the gallbladder and cystic duct are rare anatomic anomalies. Recently Skielboe1 has reviewed the literature and reported a case of triple gallbladder, the first such recorded. Because of the rarity of the condition, it is felt worth while briefly to report another case.

Report of Case  A 69-year-old woman had her first attack of gallbladder pain 11 months before surgery. There were several other attacks during the period; they were accompanied by nausea and vomiting, but no jaundice was observed. X-ray study of the gallbladder revealed poor concentration of the dye and numerous calculi. At surgery, the gallbladder was removed without particular difficulty, although a few filmy adhesions surrounded it. The fact that is was a triplex organ was not recognized until it was examined in the laboratory.Dissection revealed an organ which measured 9 cm. in length and up to 6 cm. in diameter. There were

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