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Pathol Res Pract. 1999;195(10):707-9; discussion 710.

Carcinoid tumor of the cystic duct.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics, Madison 53792, USA.


A 69-year-old male was admitted to an outside institution for severe right abdominal pain radiating to the flank. An extensive work-up, including lower GI series, IVP, and ultrasound of the kidneys were normal. Ultrasound of the liver demonstrated a thickened gallbladder as well as cholelithiasis. Despite some improvement, his symptoms returned intermittently and cholecystectomy was performed. Pathologic examination of the gallbladder showed a carcinoid tumor, 5.4 mm in maximum diameter, in the cystic duct. A small metastatic focus was also found in the cystic duct lymph node. In this paper we compare the clinical presentation, pathological findings and outcome of this case to the previously reported six cases of cystic duct carcinoid. A comparison is also made between the general features of carcinoid at this rare location and the more common gastrointestinal carcinoid.

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