oa South African Medical Journal - Congenital cystic dilatation of the common bile duct associated with accessory hepatic ducts

Volume 25, Issue 52
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The case is presented of a Cape Coloured female of 17 years in whom congenital cystic dilatation of the common bile duct was an incidental finding at autopsy. It is believed that this is the first case in which accessory ducts, communicating with the cyst, have been descriptionbed. A suggestion is made about the possible mode of origin of these ducts. The literature, especially with regard to cases manifesting during pregnancy, is discussed briefly, and the current view on aetiology and pathogenesis summarized.

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