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Learning from errors
Gallstone pancreatitis after laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  1. Jason M Fitchett,
  2. Llion l Davies,
  3. Nagappan Kumar
  1. Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mr Jason M Fitchett, jasonfitchett{at}


This case report describes the rare presentation of an unknown dumbbell shaped (or hourglass with diaphragmatic membrane) gallbladder presenting as gallstone pancreatitis 5 months after laparoscopic cholecystectomy for cholelithiasis and our management strategy. This case highlights the importance of ensuring adequate exposure at the time of operation to prevent such presentations.

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