Laparoscopic cholecystectomy in a 39-year-old female with situs inversus

J Laparoendosc Surg. 1991;1(2):123-5; discussion 126. doi: 10.1089/lps.1991.1.123.


Kartagener syndrome consists of situs inversus, chronic sinusitis, and bronchiectasis. A 39-year-old woman known to have Kartagener syndrome presented with complaints of left upper abdominal quadrant pain. Suspicion of cholelithiasis was confirmed with ultrasound and oral cholecystogram. The patient underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Standard techniques were modified in mirror image fashion to provide access to the left upper quadrant. This unusual presentation of chronic calculus cholecystitis in a patient with Kartagener syndrome demonstrates the adaptability of laparoscopic cholecystectomy technique.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cholecystectomy / methods*
  • Cholecystitis / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kartagener Syndrome*
  • Laparoscopy*