Retained gallbladder secondary to retrieval bag rupture duri
A 17-year-old female presented three months post-laparoscopic cholecystectomy with a tender periumbilical mass. Her operative report noted difficulty removing the retrieval bag from the infra-umbilical port site. Imaging of the lump revealed an intra-abdominal fluid collection communicating with the umbilicus. A diagnostic laparoscopy uncovered significant pus in the peritoneal cavity and a gallbladder remnant with multiple gallstones. A combination of sharp and blunt dissections was used to free the gallbladder remnant from its adherent surroundings for removal. A peritoneal washout was performed following extraction of the retained gallstones.

The patient’s presentation could be traced back to her laparoscopic cholecystectomy where it was confirmed that the retrieval bag ruptured during removal. This would have transected the gallbladder, causing its remnants and associated gallstones to be retained in the peritoneal cavity.

Source: International Journal of Surgery case reports

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