Subvesical bile duct injury: An often missed cause of postcholecystectomy bile leak

Shounak Majumder, Hamid Habibi, Christopher M. Garcia

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We report a case of postoperative bile leak originating from subvesical bile ducts. This anatomic variant of the bile duct is widely prevalent, often undiagnosed, and usually uncovered in the setting of iatrogenic biliary injury. Injury to these ducts during gallbladder surgery can be potentially averted by minimizing dissection into the hepatic parenchyma. Because of their small size, leaks originating from these ducts have good prognosis and almost never require surgical intervention. Preoperative knowledge of this uncommon variant may improve surgical technique aimed at avoiding biliary injury during cholecystectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e168-e169
JournalSurgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy and Percutaneous Techniques
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013



  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Postcholecystectomy bile leak
  • Subvesical bile duct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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