BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-006786
  • Rare disease

Gallbladder agenesis with choledochal cyst—a rare association: a case report and review of possible genetic or embryological links

  1. Robert Hutchins
  1. Department of Surgery, Royal London Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nishant Bedi, nishbedi{at}


Gallbladder agenesis is a rare congenital anomaly. Choledochal cysts are uncommon. The combination of both these entities in a 56-year-old woman is reported. A previously fit and well woman, presented to the emergency department with a 3-day history of abdominal pain. Preoperative imaging and intraoperative findings confirmed gallbladder agenesis and a type I choledochal cyst. There were no other anomalies. She underwent a resection of the choledochal cyst and reconstruction by hepaticojejunostomy.

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