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JSLS. 1997 Jul-Sep;1(3):263-6.

The cystic vein: the significance of a forgotten anatomic landmark.

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Jefferson Hospital, Department of Surgery, Clairton, PA 15025, USA.

Abstract

The cystic vein, a portion of biliary anatomy whose insignificance in open gallbladder surgery led to its being relegated to mythology, has been rediscovered by the magnified view of laparoscopic surgery. Its presence is an important anatomic feature that helps distinguish between cystic duct and common hepatic duct, thus diminishing the risk of inadvertent bile duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

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9876684
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PMC3016730
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