13 June 2017
A single gallbladder with a double cystic duct is a very rare finding.
MRCP showed strong suspicion of a single gallbladder with a double cystic duct and the definite diagnosis of a double cystic duct was made by ERC.
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy could be successfully performed in combination with intraoperative cholangiography for double cystic duct.
A single gallbladder with a double cystic duct is a very rare finding. In addition, few cases with this rare condition are preoperatively diagnosed. However, the preoperative confirmation or suspicion of this rare condition could facilitate safe laparoscopic cholecystectomy, which is a minimally invasive therapeutic modality for gallbladder disease. We herein present a case of gallstone disease in a patient with a double cystic duct who was preoperatively diagnosed and successfully treated with laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
A 57-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with epigastric pain. Gallstone disease in the gallbladder and common bile duct was diagnosed by ultrasonography and computed tomography. Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiography (ERC) revealed that the aberrant cystic duct arose from the cystic duct and communicated with the intrahepatic bile duct of the posterior segmental branch. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy was successfully performed in combination with intraoperative cholangiography.
If an anomaly of the biliary duct system is not identified during surgery, it may turn out to be a bile leak. The preoperative diagnosis of a double cystic duct allows laparoscopic cholecystectomy to be performed safely in combination with intraoperative cholangiography.