The congenital absence of gall bladder
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Anatomic anomalies of the biliary tract are common. A clear understanding of these conditions is indispensable to both the internist and the surgeon. Thirty-eight cases of congenital absence of gall bladder have been reported by Gross in 1936. I have added the records of two patients observed by Dr. Whipple and of two patients observed personally. Three of these patients had dilatation of the common bile duct and stones. Follow-up studies in these three patients showed no recurrence of symptoms. The fourth patient had had two operations, at neither of which was a gall bladder found. Dr. Hedblom also failed to find a gall bladder.
The necessity for careful exploration is illustrated by the two cases reported from our service.
KeywordsCommon Bile Duct Biliary Tract Gall Bladder Cystic Duct Common Duct
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