Subvesical Bile Duct Injury

After dissection of the gallbladder from the gallbladder fossa, a small amount of bile leakage was detected in the gallbladder fossa (a). A tiny hole from which bile juice was oozing was confirmed (b). Suturing of the injured SVBD was performed laparoscopically using 3-0 prolene (c). After suturing, the bile leakage stopped (d).
  • Subvesical bile duct injury (SVBI) is the second major cause of bile duct injury after laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
  • However, the injury is generally only recognised postoperatively.
  • As in this case, the patient was diagnosed with SVBI after laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

This article describes the case of an 84-year-old female patient with subvesical bile duct injury. The patient was diagnosed with acute cholecystitis. Similarly, her past medical history revealed that she had undergone distal gastrectomy with Billroth I reconstruction. This is a type of reconstruction in which the stomach is anastamosed to the duodenum after a partial gastrectomy with the resection generally restricted to the antrum.

On the third day after being diagnosed, the patient underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. A fundus down approach was used because of the presence of scarring tissue. However, after the gallbladder was resected from the fossa, a small amount of leakage was detected of the gallbladder fossa at the side of the fundus. Doctors evaluated the source of leakage with a laparoscope. The findings confirmed a tiny hole through which bile juice was oozing. The findings led to the diagnosis of subvesical bile duct injury.

The SVBI was laparoscopically repaired using 3-0 prolene, stopping the bile from leaking. In addition, a closed suction drain was placed at the subhepatic space. A slight leak of bile was detected from the drain on the first day postoperatively. However, it settled spontaneously on the 2nd day. Doctors removed the drain on the 3rd postoperative day. She was discharged on the 10th operative day with only complaint of appetite loss.


Two Cases of Subvesical Bile Duct Injury Detected and Repaired Simultaneously during Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

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Dr. Aiman Shahab is a dentist with a bachelor’s degree from Dow University of Health Sciences. She is an experienced freelance writer with a demonstrated history of working in the health industry. Skilled in general dentistry, she is currently working as an associate dentist at a private dental clinic in Karachi, freelance content writer and as a part time science instructor with Little Medical School. She has also been an ambassador for PDC in the past from the year 2016 – 2018, and her responsibilities included acting as a representative and volunteer for PDC with an intention to make the dental community of Pakistan more connected and to work for benefiting the underprivileged. When she’s not working, you’ll either find her reading or aimlessly walking around for the sake of exploring. Her future plans include getting a master’s degree in maxillofacial and oral surgery, settled in a metropolitan city of North America.


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