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List 5 complications of cholecystitis

- Bacterial superinfection, cholangitis or sepsis - Perforation and abcess formation - Gallbladder rupture with diffuse peritonitis - Porcelain gallbladder with increased risk of CA


List 5 risk factors for gallbladder CA

- gallstones - porcelain gallbladder - choledochal cyst - pancreatic duct abnormalities - polyps


List 3 causes of acalculous cholecystitis

- gallbladder ischemia due to severe volume depletion (sepsis, multiorgan failure, major trauma/burns) - infections in immunosuppressed (CMV, HIV) - DM


List 4 types of non-neoplastic and 3 neoplastic gallbladder polyps

- non-neoplastic: cholesterol, hyperplastic, adenomyoma, lymphoid - neoplastic: pyloric gland type, intestinal type, biliary type


What are Klatskin tumors?

- Hilar carcinomas at confluence of right and left hepatic ducts


List histologic features to distinguish bile duct adenocarcinoma from reactive changes

- Perineural invasion - Haphazard arrangement of irregular glands - Loss of nuclear polarity and increased N/C ratio - cytoplasmic CEA staining, MUC1 and nuclear p53 - ***CEA, MUC1, MUC5AC usually limited to apical membrane in benign cells


How can frozen sections be used in surgical management of congenital extrahepatic biliary atresia?

- Determine the caliber of residual bile ducts in portal hepatic scar - If >100 um, 80-90% success with Kasai procedure to restore bile flow


What is the most important complication of choledochal cyst?

- Cholangiocarcinoma, 20x greater risk than normal population - CA in cyst wall, gallbladder or other parts of biliary tree


What is the difference between Caroli disease and Caroli syndrome?

- Caroli disease: saccular dilatation of intrahepatic bile ducts alternating with segments of normal caliber (ductal plate malformation, associated with polycystic kidneys, increased risk cholangiocarcinoma) - Caroli syndrome: caroli disease + congenital hepatic fibrosis


Classify gallstones and give 4 risk factors in each category

Cholesterol stones: advanced age, obesity, hyperlipidemia, female sex hormones pigment stones: chronic hemolytic syndromes, biliary infection, ileal resection, ileal crohns


What 2 molecules are involved in dissolving cholesterol into bile

- Water soluble bile salts - Water insoluble lecithins


Cholelithiasis-list 5 pertinent facts (random question)

- Cholesterolosis not correlated with atherosclerosis - Acute cholecystitis doesn't need acute inflammatory cells (edema, hemorrahge, ischemia) - Intestinal metaplasia portends increased risk of carcinoma - Gallbladder mucosa nodularity is not adenoma, unless greater than 0.5cm - echinococcus multilocularis is a hydatid cyst with infiltrative growth pattern


Describe conditions that facilitate formation of cholesterol stones, and conditions that facilitate pigment stones

- Cholesterol gallstone formation: requires cholesterol supersaturation, hypomotility of gallbladder, accelerated cholesterol nucleation in bile, hypersecretion of mucous in gallbladder - Pigment stones, "black": chronic extravascular hemolytic anemia (eg. sickle cell) increased secretion of conjugated bilirubin, excess bilirubin precipitates to calcium bilirubinate "brown" stones required bacterial contamination releasing b-glucuronidases; result in unconjugated bilirubin in biliary tree exceeding solubility


List 5 common complications of gallstones

- Depends on whether it is in gallbladder, CBD, or intrahepatic - calculous cholecystitis acute/chronic, hydrops/mucocele, empyema, perforation, fistula - Obstructive cholestasis or pancreatitis - Cholangitis/hepatic abecss - secondary biliary cirrhosis - carcinoma


What are Bouveret and Mirizzi syndromes

- Bouveret: large stone erodes into adjacent loop of bowel=obstruction - Mirizzi: stones in gallbaldder neck compress CBD extrinsically


What are gross and histologic features of acute and chronic cholecystitis?

Acute: enlarged, tense, red/blotchy, fibrin on surface, +/- stones in lumen. If filled with pus, empyema. If green-black and necrotic, gangrenous.Micro: edema, hemorrhage, may have inflammatory cells chronic: smooth serosa +/- adhesions, thickened wall, preserved mucosa. Micro shows variable inflammation, subepithelial fibrosis, buried crypts in gallbladder wall (Rokitansky-Aschoff sinuses).


What is porcelain gallbladder?

- Extensive dystrophic calcification within gallbladder wall, usually superimposed on chronic cholecystitis - Increased incidence of carcinoma


What are some features of carcinoma of the gallbladder?

- most common malignancy of extrahepatic biliary tract - 7th decade - gallstones major risk factor - 2 growth patterns: infiltrating, exophytic - infiltrating more common, diffuse thickening of gallbladder wall. scirrhous. - exophytic shows irregular cauliflower mass, usualy fundus and neck - mostly all adenocarcinomas, 5% squamous or adenosquamous - papillary portend better prognosis



phrygian cap



pigment stones



adenocarcinoma of gallbladder


Perihilar bile ducts: what items are required in the synoptic report?

Specimen: CBD, RHD, LHD, junction of RHD/LHD, common hepatic duct, cystic duct

procedure: hilar/hepatic resection, segmental resection, choledochal cyst resectin, hepatectomy

tumor site, size

histologic type, grade

tumor extension, margins, LVI, PNI

TNM staging


What is the histologic grading for hilar bile duct carcinomas? 

Note: Conventionally, cholangiocarcinoma means intrahepatic.

    - Papillary adenocarcinoma (not graded)
    - Adenocarcinoma, intestinal type
    - Mucinous adenocarcinoma
    -Clear cell adenocarcinoma (not graded)
    - Signet-ring cell carcinoma (grade 3)
Adenosquamous carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma
High-grade neuroendocrine carcinoma
  - Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma
  - Small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (grade 4)
Undifferentiated carcinoma (grade 4)
Biliary cystadenocarcinoma



How are hilar bile duct carcinomas graded?

Grade 1 Well differentiated (greater than 95% of tumor composed of glands)
Grade 2 Moderately differentiated (50% to 95% of tumor composed of glands)
Grade 3 Poorly differentiated (less than 50% of tumor composed of glands


What is the importance of margins in hilar bile duct carcinomas?

Locoregional recurrence is usually the first site of disease recurrence,  59% of patients with perihilar bile duct carcinomas.

Tumor recurrence  related to residual tumor located in the proximal or distal surgical margins of the bile duct or from tumor located along the dissected soft tissue margin in the portal area.

Complete surgical resection with microscopically negative surgical margins is an important predictor of
outcome  with overall 5-year survival for perihilar tumor improved from 10% for all patients to 30% for those with negative margins

Malignant tumors of the extrahepatic bile ducts are often multifocal, and  microscopic foci of
carcinoma or intraepithelial neoplasia may be found at the margin(s) even though the main tumor
mass has been resected. In some cases it may be difficult to evaluate margins on frozen section
preparations because of inflammation and reactive change of the surface epithelium or within the
intramural mucous glands. If surgical margins are free of carcinoma, the distance between the closest
margin and the tumor edge should be measured.

Because 5% of patients with bile duct carcinoma have synchronous carcinomas of the gallbladder,
examination of the entire surgical specimen, including the gallbladder, is advised


Perineural invasion in hilar bile duct cancers: what is the signficance and in what other conditions can PNI be seen?

Perineural and lymphatic invasion are common in extrahepatic bile duct carcinomas, usually higher stage
Associated with adverse outcome on univariate analysis.

Ducts affected by primary sclerosing cholangitis and adenomatous hyperplasia may show PNI 


What are the T and N staging considerations for hilar bile duct carcinomas?

___ pTis: Carcinoma in situ
___ pT1: Tumor confined to the bile duct, with extension up to the muscle layer or fibrous tissue
___ pT2a: Tumor invades beyond the wall of the bile duct to surrounding adipose tissue
___ pT2b: Tumor invades adjacent hepatic parenchyma
___ pT3: Tumor invades unilateral branches of the portal vein or hepatic artery
___ pT4: Tumor invades main portal vein or its branches bilaterally; or the common hepatic artery; or
the second-order biliary radicals bilaterally; or unilateral second-order biliary radicals with
contralateral portal vein or hepatic artery involvement

Regional Lymph Nodes (pN)
___ pN0: No regional lymph node metastasis
___ pN1: Regional lymph node metastasis (including nodes along the cystic duct, common bile duct,
hepatic artery, and portal vein)
___ pN2: Metastasis to periaortic, pericaval, superior mesentery artery, and/or celiac artery lymph 


List some risk factors for hilar bile duct carcinomas

- Chronic inflammatory conditions affecting the bile ducts are associated with higher risk for biliary tract

- Most common in western countries: PSC, characterized by multifocal strictures and
inflammation of the extrahepatic and intrahepatic biliary tree.

-  In Japan and Southeast Asia, hepatolithiasis due to recurrent pyogenic cholangitis with biliary stones

-  Biliary parasites such as Clonorchis sinensis and Opisthorchis viverrini, prevalent in parts of Asia


Gallbladder carcinoma: what are the histologic types and grading system?