Iterative surgical resection of a recurrent gallbladder carcinoma with long-term survival: report of a case

In Vivo. 2010 Mar-Apr;24(2):215-7.


Gallbladder carcinoma is a rare, but often lethal disease. Unfortunately, at the time of diagnosis, patients usually have advanced disease (T3-T4) and long-term survival is dismal, ranging from 5 to 12% in the literature. However, this cancer can be successfully treated when the tumour is organ-confined (T1-T2 tumours), as happens in the case of incidental diagnosis at the time of cholecystectomy for gallstones. Here we describe a patient with recurrent gallbladder carcinoma who, treated with iterative surgical resection, is alive and disease-free at 5 years after the final surgical procedure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Adenocarcinoma / secondary
  • Adenocarcinoma / surgery*
  • Aged
  • Biopsy
  • Disease-Free Survival
  • Female
  • Gallbladder Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Gallbladder Neoplasms / pathology
  • Gallbladder Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Liver Neoplasms / secondary
  • Liver Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / diagnostic imaging
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / pathology
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / surgery*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed