Gallbladder
Congenital anomalies
Agenesis (absence)

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 2 February 2018, last major update September 2012

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PubMed Search: Gallbladder agenesis[TIAB]

Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Agenesis (absence). PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/gallbladderagenesis.html. Accessed June 24th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Rare
  • 50% discovered at autopsy
  • Usually no cystic duct either
  • Associated with choledocholithiasis, duodenal atresia and other congenital anomalies
  • No clinical significance
  • Nonvisualization of fetal gallbladder on ultrasound increases the risk of cystic fibrosis (Prenat Diagn 2012;32:21)
Case reports