Korean J Pancreas Biliary Tract.  2018 Jan;23(1):41-47. 10.15279/kpba.2018.23.1.41.

Metastatic Gallbladder Cancer Treated with Curative Surgery after Cyclic Chemotherapy and Biliary Drainage

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine and Liver Research Institute, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. gidoctor@snuh.org
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.


Gallbladder cancer is the most common malignancy of the biliary tract and carries very poor prognosis. Surgery is an only curative modality of treatment in the gallbladder cancer. However, as most of the gallbladder cancers are diagnosed at advanced stages, surgery can be attempted in a very limited number of patients. In advanced stage, treatment option is confined to a palliative systemic chemotherapy, and biliary decompression is needed when cholangitis is suspected. We report a case of 49-year-old patient with metastatic gallbladder cancer treated with successful curative resection after several courses of palliative chemotherapy and biliary decompression.


Gallbladder neoplasms; Metastasis; Antineoplastic agents; Self espandable metallic stent; Cholecystectomy
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