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ABSTRACT: Choledochal cyst, usually recognized as a problem in infants, is increasingly reported in adult patients. The aim of this study was to share our experience in treating adult patients with choledochal cysts. Two hundred twenty-one adult patients with choledochal cysts who were treated in our hospital from January 2002 to December 2010 were enrolled. The clinical data were retrospectively collected and analyzed. There were 168 Type I, three Type II, three Type III, 26 Type IV, and 21 Type V cysts. The presentations were nonspecific with 177 patients having abdominal pain and a few patients having other rare symptoms including back pain, cirrhosis, occupying lesions, or spontaneous rupture. The cysts were completely removed in 169 patients, and 36 patients required liver resection. There was one death resulting from abdominal bleeding. Morbidity was limited to 27 patients, 11 of whom underwent invasive interventions. Choledochal cysts remain an interesting clinical problem. In some adult cases, the diagnosis is very difficult. Treatment is type-dependent, complete removal of the cysts is widely accepted, and lifelong follow-up for these patients is recommended.
The American surgeon 04/2012; 78(4):414-8. · 0.92 Impact Factor