Accessory liver lobe attached to the wall of the gallbladder: A cadaveric case report

Srinivasa Rao Sirasanagandla, Naveen Kumar, Satheesha B. Nayak, Surekha D. Shetty, Kumar M.R. Bhat

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Accessory liver lobe is found incidentally during laparoscopy, laparotomy or autopsy performed for unrelated reasons. The occurrence of accessory liver lobe attached to the gallbladder is reported rarely in the literature. During regular dissection classes, we came across an accessory liver lobe in the wall of the gallbladder in an adult male cadaver. On its left, it was connected to the quadrate lobe by a short fold of peritoneum. On the right, it was attached to the wall of the gallbladder. The fragment was triangular in shape, and was 20 mm in length, 11 mm in width and 6 mm thick. The histology of the fragment revealed the unusual architecture of hepatic tissue with the absence of the classical hexagonal lobule pattern. Cords of hepatocytes surrounding the central vein, with an absence of portal canals, were observed. There were branches of hepatic artery, portal vein and hepatic duct in its peritoneal fold. Smooth muscle fibers were also observed along its attachment on the wall of the gallbladder. Awareness of the incidence of accessory liver lobe in the wall of the gallbladder is of clinical importance during the diagnosis and treatment of gallstones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-248
Number of pages3
JournalAnatomical Science International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 09-2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anatomy

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