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Primary clear cell carcinoma of gallbladder arising in porcelain gallbladder
  1. Sujata Sarangi1,
  2. Meenakshi Rao1,
  3. Jeewan Ram Vishnoi2 and
  4. Pawan Kumar Garg3
  1. 1 Pathology and Lab Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodphur, Jodhpur, India
  2. 2 Surgical Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodphur, Jodhpur, India
  3. 3 Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Jodhpur, Jodhpur, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Meenakshi Rao; drmeenakshirao{at}


Gallbladder carcinomas (GBCs) are the most common carcinomas of the biliary tract. The clear cell variant is encountered rarely, accounting for approximately 1% of all GBCs.Due to its rarity, the exact incidence and pathogenesis of this variant are unknown. Though hyalinising cholecystitis (porcelain gallbladder) is an established risk factor for development of conventional adenocarcinomas of the gallbladder, its role in the pathogenesis of the rare variants of GBC is not well-established. The current case raises the possibility that clear cell carcinoma of the gallbladder may arise through the same pathways as conventional adenocarcinomas of the gallbladder.

  • oncology
  • pathology

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  • Contributors SS, MR, JRV and PKG: Contributed to the conception and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content. Final approval of the version published. Agreement to be accountable for the article and to ensure that all questions regarding the accuracy or integrity of the article are investigated and resolved.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer-reviewed.

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