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HPB Surgery
Volume 2010, Article ID 971609, 4 pages
Case Report

Hepatic Haemangioma Masquerading as the Gallbladder in a Case of Gallbladder Agenesis: A Case Report and Literature Review

1Department of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Leicester General Hospital, Gwendolen Road, Leicester LE5 4PW, UK
2Department of Radiology, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Gwendolen Road, Leicester LE5 4PW, UK

Received 12 January 2010; Accepted 8 June 2010

Academic Editor: Guy Maddern

Copyright © 2010 James A. Stephenson et al. 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.


Gallbladder agenesis is uncommon. In contrast, liver haemangiomas are the most common type of benign liver lesions. We describe the first documented case of gallbladder agenesis where the clinical presentation was consistent with biliary colic, and radiological investigation suggested the presence of gallstones. Subsequent operative findings revealed a solitary haemangioma of the liver sited in the normal position of the gallbladder fossa but with absence of the gallbladder. It is important that clinicians should keep gallbladder agenesis in mind when the gallbladder appears abnormal on preoperative imaging studies and cannot be found at laparoscopy. As symptoms will improve in 98% of cases, it is very important to avoid unnecessary intervention in patients who have a negative laparoscopy. The clinical presentation, investigations, and operative findings are discussed with a review of other relevant reported cases in the literature.