Benign gallbladder tumors
Cholesterol polyp

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

Revised: 6 February 2018, last major update September 2012

Copyright: (c) 2003-2018,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Cholesterol polyp[TIAB] gallbladder

Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Cholesterol polyp. website. Accessed March 20th, 2018.
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