J Minim Invasive Surg.  2023 Dec;26(4):218-221. 10.7602/jmis.2023.26.4.218.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy and common bile duct exploration for gallstone and common bile duct stone in a patient with a left-sided gallbladder: a case report

  • 1Department of Surgery, Minami-Nara General Medical Center, Nara, Japan


Left-sided gallbladder is a rare finding that is mostly discovered incidentally during surgery and is often associated with anatomic anomalies. We herein report a case in which laparoscopic cholecystectomy and common bile duct exploration were achieved for an 89-year-old female patient with left-sided gallbladder. Surgery was carried out using our usual trocar position. Calot triangle was covered by the body of the gallbladder and could not be detected. We dissected the gallbladder from the fundus towards the neck. The cystic duct joined the common bile duct from the right side, and common bile duct exploration was performed routinely without perioperative comorbidities. Although the preoperative diagnosis rate is low and the risk of intraoperative bile duct injuries in patients with left-sided gallbladder is high, laparoscopic cholecystectomy and common bile duct exploration can be safely performed by understanding the location and bifurcation of the cystic duct.


Left-sided gallbladder; Common bile duct stones; Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
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