Gallbladder
Nontumor
Cholesterol polyp


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Revised: 20 January 2020

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PubMed Search: Cholesterol polyp[TIAB] gallbladder

Hanni Gulwani, M.B.B.S.
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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

Contributed by Andrey Bychkov, M.D., Ph.D. and Jijgee Munkhdelger, M.D., Ph.D.

Polypoid lesion

Stromal macrophages

Lipid laden macrophages



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Subepithelial lipid laden macrophages

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