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HPB Surgery
Volume 8, Issue 4, Pages 245-248

Papillary Adenocarcinoma of the Common Bile Duct

1Department of Hepatobiliary Surgery and Hepatology of Istanbul Medical Faculty, Çapa, Istanbul, Turkey
2Zincirlikuyu cad.Dağ apt. 72/6, 80600 Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey

Received 10 February 1994

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Five patients with papillary adenocarcinoma of the common bile duct (CBD) are described. These are rare tumors and make up 5% of all malignant tumors of the biliary tract. The symptoms and signs at the time of initial diagnosis resemble benign obstructive lesions of the bile ducts. The tumor is soft, less invasive to adjacent tissues and tends to grow into the lumen. The early onset of the symptoms results in early intervention, with a better prognosis. Two of our patients are doing well after two and four years, where as three others were readmitted with recurrent disease.