Benign gallbladder tumors
Cholesterol polyp

Topic Completed: 1 September 2012

Revised: 5 September 2019

Copyright: 2003-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Cholesterol polyp[TIAB] gallbladder

Hanni Gulwani, M.B.B.S.
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Cite this page: Gulwani H. Cholesterol polyp. website. Accessed November 13th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Most common benign polyp (50 - 90%)
  • Morphologic variation of cholesterolosis
  • Usually women (75%), 40 - 50 years old
  • Also associated with young patients with high body mass index (J Korean Surg Soc 2012;82:232)
Case reports
Gross description
  • 4 - 15 mm, yellow, soft, pedunculated, often multiple
Gross images

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Multiple yellow pedunculated polyps

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Mucosal projections with lipid laden macrophages covered by normal gallbladder epithelium
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Subepithelial lipid laden macrophages

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