Gallbladder
General
Embryology

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

Revised: 2 February 2018, last major update September 2012

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Definition / general | Drawings
Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Embryology. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/gallbladderembryology.html. Accessed September 22nd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Develops with bile duct and liver during week 4 as ventral bud (hepatic diverticulum) from caudal foregut (Dig Surg 2010;27:87)
  • Hepatic diverticulum has two components: pars hepatica and pars cystica
  • Parts hepatica gives rise to liver, common hepatic duct and intrahepatic bile ducts
  • Pars cystica gives rise to cystic diverticulum, which gives rise to gallbladder and cystic duct
  • Hepatic diverticulum elongates to form common bile duct
  • Above structures begin as solid cords but at 8 weeks have lumina
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