Case Report

The subvesical duct of Luschka: A source of bile leakage following gallbladder removal

Ian C. Duncan, Basil J. Sher
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 7, No 2 | a1402 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v7i2.1402 | © 2018 Ian C. Duncan, Basil J. Sher | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 July 2018 | Published: 30 June 2003

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Ian C. Duncan, Sunninghill Medical Institute, Sandton, South Africa
Basil J. Sher, Sunninghill Medical Institute, Sandton, South Africa

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Abstract

We describe a case of bile leakage following laparoscopic cholecystectomy further complicated by iatrogenic central bile duct obstruction. The site of leakage was identified not from the site of the inadvertent proper hepatic duct ligation but from a damaged aberrant subvesical duct communicating with the gallbladder fossa. The anatomy of these subvesical ducts is explained as is their surgical importance with relation to the aetiology of bile leaks after cholecystectomy.

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