Congenital anomalies
Multiseptate gallbladder

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

Revised: 2 February 2018, last major update September 2012

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Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Multiseptate gallbladder. website. Accessed July 22nd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Congenital or acquired
  • Results from incomplete vacuolization of developing gallbladder bud or persistent "wrinkling" of gallbladder wall
  • 3 - 10 communicating compartments lined by columnar epithelium
  • Septa cause impaired motility, stasis of bile flow and symptoms of right upper quadrant pain, nausea, vomiting
  • Stones often present in adults
  • May be associated with biliary tract abnormality
  • Combination of USG (ultrasound) and MRCP is most useful for diagnosis
Case reports
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Multiple edematous septa