Korean J Radiol.  2008 Dec;9(6):550-554. 10.3348/kjr.2008.9.6.550.

Duplication of the Extrahepatic Bile Duct in Association with Choledocholithiasis as Depicted by MDCT

  • 1Department of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University, Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan, Korea. rad2000@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan, Korea.
  • 3Department of Surgery, Soonchunhyang University, Cheonan Hospital, Cheonan, Korea.


We report here on an extremely rare case of duplicated extrahepatic bile ducts that was associated with choledocholithiasis, and this malady was visualized by employing the minimum intensity projection images with using multi-detector row CT. The presence of duplicated extrahepatic bile ducts with a proximal communication, and the ducts were joined distally and they subsequently formed a single common bile duct, has not been previously reported.


Bile ducts, abnormalities; Bile ducts, calculi; Computed tomography (CT), minimum intensity projection

MeSH Terms

Aged, 80 and over
Bile Ducts, Extrahepatic/*abnormalities/pathology/radiography


  • Fig. 1 81-year-old woman with duplication of extrahepatic bile duct. A. Sagittal sonography shows dilated extrahepatic bile duct (white arrows) filled with shadowing echogenic materials (between electronic calipers). B. On more medial view, another extrahepatic bile duct is seen (white arrows). No intraluminal lesion is found in this duct. C. Contrast-enhanced axial CT scan shows two separate extrahepatic bile ducts (arrows), one of which was filled with stones (white arrow). D. Minimum intensity projection image shows proximal and distal unions of duplicated extrahepatic bile ducts (white arrows). Also note stones in laterally located extrahepatic bile duct and right intrahepatic bile ducts. These ducts show higher attenuation than that of water (black arrows). E. MR cholangiogram shows complete signal void in laterally located extrahepatic bile duct due to multiple impacted stones (arrows). F. Balloon cholangiography with forceful injection of contrast material shows another stone-filled extrahepatic bile duct (white arrows). G. Operative cholangiography shows same anatomical details of extraheptic bile ducts as those depicted by CT and endoscopic retragrade cholangiography images. The black arrows indicate proximal (double arrows) and distal (single arrow) unions of double extrahepatic bile ducts. H. Modified classification system of duplicated extrahepatic bile duct as proposed by Choi et al. (5).


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