Symptomatic cholecystolithiasis after cholecystectomy
- 1Department of Internal Medicine, Maxima Medisch Centrum, Veldhoven, Netherlands
- 2Department of Surgery, Maxima Medisch Centrum, Veldhoven, Netherlands
- 3PAMM Laboratory for Pathology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
- 4Department of Gastroente, Maxima Medisch Centrum, Veldhoven, Netherlands
- Correspondence to Paul M E L van Dam,
A 43-year-old woman was admitted to the gastroenterology department with colicky pain in the upper abdomen. Four years earlier, she had undergone a laparoscopic cholecystectomy because of cholecystitis. She recognised her current complaints from that previous episode. An endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography showed a cavity with a diameter of 2 cm which contained multiple concrements near the liver hilus. An elective surgical exploration was performed. Near the clip of the previous cholecystectomy a bulging of the biliary tract with its own duct was visualised and resected. Histological examination of this “neo” gallbladder showed that the bulging was consistent with the formation of a reservoir secondary to bile leakage, probably caused by a small peroperative lesion of the common bile duct during the previous cholecystectomy. In conclusion, our patient presented with colicky pain caused by concrements inside a ‘neo’ gallbladder.