Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology

: 2012  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 223--224

Dilated biliary system

Sudipta Saha, Vivek Gautam, Manoj Andley, Ashok Kumar, Ajay Kumar 
 Department of Surgery, Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi, India

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Department of Surgery, F-514, Block F, Pragati Vihar Hostel, Lodhi Road, Delhi - 110 003

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Saha S, Gautam V, Andley M, Kumar A, Kumar A. Dilated biliary system.Saudi J Gastroenterol 2012;18:223-224

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Saha S, Gautam V, Andley M, Kumar A, Kumar A. Dilated biliary system. Saudi J Gastroenterol [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Oct 19 ];18:223-224
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A 32-year-old woman presented with complaints of intermittent dull aching pain at the right upper abdomen for the last 3 months. There was no radiation of pain and the pain was not related to meals. There was no history of jaundice. Abdominal examination was normal. Ultrasonography showed cystic dilatation of common hepatic and common bile duct. Following this magnetic resonance cholangio-pancreatography (MRCP) [Figure 1] and contrast-enhanced computed tomography [Figure 2] of the abdomen was done.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}


Q1. What is the diagnosis?

Q2. What is the treatment?

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Type-IA choledochal cyst with cholalgocarcinoma. [1] MRCP shows dilatation of the common bile duct (CBD) with mass in its lower end. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography shows the mass to be anteriorly placed in the lower CBD. Biliary tract malignancy has been reported to occur in 2.5-28% of patients with choledochal cyst, representing a risk at least 20 times greater than that of the normal population. [2] Pancreaticoduodenectomy with excision of whole cyst. Complete removal of distal extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma usually requires a pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple procedure). Curative resections are associated with a 25-50% 5-year survival rate. The main determinants of poor outcomes are positive surgical margins and lymph node involvement. [3]


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