BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006170
  • Novel treatment (new drug/intervention; established drug/procedure in new situation)

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in situs inversus: points of technique

  1. Rohit Srivastava
  1. Department of Surgery, CSMMU, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Harvinder Singh Pahwa, pahwakgmu{at}


Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in the world today. Rarely do patients present with undiagnosed situs inversus with cholecystitis. Symptomatic gallstones in patients with situs inversus pose diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. We had one such patient who presented with episodes of pain in the left upper abdomen. She was found to be suffering from situs inversus with gallstones in a left-sided gall bladder. After thorough preoperative evaluation, we performed laparoscopic cholecystectomy by modifying the operative technique adopting a mirror image of port placement on the left side using the left subcostal port (5 mm) for dissection with the right hand and the subxiphoid port for retraction of Hartmann's pouch by the left hand of the surgeon. We can summarise that laparoscopic cholecystectomy in patients of situs inversus can be safely performed by an experienced surgeon.


  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

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