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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-105

Choledochal cyst: A case report and review of literature

Department of Surgery, University o f Benin Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 1111 , Benin City, Nigeria

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M N Okobia
Department of Surgery, University o f Benin Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 1111 , Benin City
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Cystic anomaly of the biliary tree or choledochal cyst is a rare condition, which until recently was usually not recognised prior to operation. While the underlying cause of choledochal cyst is probably congenital, the cyst might not present until adulthood. Familiarity with the embryologic aspects of the biliary tree helps to understand two of the more popular theories of the cause of cystic anomalies of the biliary tree. Individual surgeons may not be ahle to show wealth of experience in the management of this disease entity. We present a case of choledochal cvst in a 42 year old Nigerian Ibo woman who presented with features suggestive of cholelithiasis, but at operation was found to have choledochal cyst. A review of the literature and management of this uncommon condition are highlighted.

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