Laparoscopic common bile duct exploration in pregnancy with acute gallstone pancreatitis

JSLS. Jan-Mar 2006;10(1):78-82.


Background: We present a case in which a laparoscopic common bile duct exploration was performed safely in a pregnant patient with acute gallstone pancreatitis.

Case report: A 25-year-old female, gravida 4 para 3, at 14-weeks gestation presented to her obstetrician with complaints of epigastric pain radiating to the back. She was otherwise healthy with no past medical or surgical history. A physical examination revealed a healthy young female with no evidence of jaundice and in no acute distress. An abdominal examination was remarkable for a gravid abdomen with mild tenderness to palpation in her epigastrium and negative Murphy's sign. The patient safely underwent a laparoscopic common bile duct exploration after a laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed.

Conclusion: This case illustrates the role of laparoscopic common bile duct exploration in the diagnosis and treatment of possible choledocholithiasis in a pregnant patient.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Common Bile Duct*
  • Female
  • Gallstones / complications
  • Gallstones / diagnosis*
  • Gallstones / surgery
  • Humans
  • Laparoscopy*
  • Pancreatitis / diagnosis*
  • Pancreatitis / etiology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / diagnosis*
  • Pregnancy Complications / surgery
  • Pregnancy Trimester, First