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Congenital anomalies

Agenesis (absence)

Reviewer: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 10 February 2013, last major update September 2012
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● Rare
● 50% discovered at autopsy
● Usually no cystic duct either
● Associated with choledocholithiasis, duodenal atresia and other congenital anomalies
● No clinical significance
● Nonvisualization of fetal gallbladder on ultrasound increases the risk of cystic fibrosis (Prenat Diagn 2012;32:21)

Case reports

● 45 year old woman with obstructive jaundice (Turk J Gastroenterol 2011;22:216)
● 51 year old woman with right upper abdominal discomfort (Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2012;137:937)
● Gallbladder agenesis with concurrent, solitary, intrahepatic biliary duct cyst (Am Surg 2011;77:E202)

End of Gallbladder > Congenital anomalies > Agenesis (absence)

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