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Rare disease
Primary neuroendocrine neoplasm of the gallbladder
  1. Venkatesh Kanakala1,
  2. Ramesh Kasaraneni1,
  3. David A Smith2,
  4. Ian A Goulbourne1
  1. 1
    North Tyneside General Hospital, General Surgery, Rake Lane, North Shields, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE29 8NH, UK
  2. 2
    North Tyneside General Hospital, Pathology, Rake Lane, North Shields NE29 8NH, UK
  1. Venkatesh Kanakala, ven.kanakala{at}


Carcinoid tumours are distinct neuroendocrine tumours with characteristic clinical and histological behavioural properties which arise mainly in the gastrointestinal tract (73.7%) or bronchopulmonary system (25.1%). Neuroendocrine tumours of the gallbladder are rare—to date there have been only 42 cases reported in the literature. This case was an incidental finding which was recognised during routine histopathological examination after laparoscopic cholecystectomy for symptomatic cholelithiasis. The patient recovered well from the operation. There were no concurrent lesions or metastases noted on further investigations, and the final diagnosis was a primary neuroendocrine tumour of the gallbladder.

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