oa South African Medical Journal - Congenital hypoplasia of the gall bladder with cyst-hepatic duct

Volume 25, Issue 51
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The case is presented of a Cape Coloured female of 74 with a true congenital hypoplasia of the gall bladder, biliary calculi, a cyst-hepatic duct and a duodenal diverticulum. The cause of death was renal suppuration and subsequent spread of the infection, in a diabetic subject. The scanty literature on hypoplasia of the gall bladder is reviewed. The embryology of the biliary tract is presented briefly and a suggestion put forward to account for the origin of accessory hepatic ducts on the grounds of developmental anomaly rather than atavistic reversion.

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