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Year : 1989  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 186-8

Congenital cystic biliary disease (a case report).

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B V Tantry

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Keywords: Adult, Bile Ducts, abnormalities,Case Report, Fever, Hepatomegaly, complications,Human, Liver Cirrhosis, congenital,Male, Splenomegaly, complications,

How to cite this article:
Tantry B V, Yadav S K, Kumar V V, Padhee A A. Congenital cystic biliary disease (a case report). J Postgrad Med 1989;35:186

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Tantry B V, Yadav S K, Kumar V V, Padhee A A. Congenital cystic biliary disease (a case report). J Postgrad Med [serial online] 1989 [cited 2023 Jan 27];35:186. Available from:

 :: Introduction Top

Developmental abnormalities of bile ducts causing aberrant cyst formation have been grouped together as cystic disease complex syndrome.[1] When congenital dilatation involves intrahepatic bile ducts of a sector, lobe or both halves of liver, it is termed as Caroli's disease. In majority of patients, pure form as originally described by Caroli et al[4] is rare and congenital hepatic fibrosis is commonly associated.[6] Here we are reporting a case of Caroli's disease associated with congenital hepatic fibrosis presenting as prolonged pyrexia.

 :: Case report Top

K.P.S., a 24 year male labourer attended the gastro-enterology clinic with chief complaint of intermittent. moderate grade fever for 72 years. Six months prior to the admission, he had jaundice accompanied by fever which lasted for 15 days. There was no history of abdominal pain, gastro-intestinal haemorrhage and symptoms pertaining to respiratory, cardiovascular and nervous systems. Five years bank he had polyuria for which he was prescribed thiazides and the patient responded.

Examination of the patient revealed mild pallor, icterus and fever (100.4°F). On abdominal examination, liver was 3 cm palpable, firm, smooth and nontender. Spleen was also palpable (12 cm in its long axis). There was no free fluid in the peritoneal cavity. Cardiovascular and respiratory systems were normal.

Investigations showed haemoglobin of 8.5 gm/ dl and normal total and differential leucocyte courts. Platelets were 1,40.000/mm3, reticulocyte count 2% and ESR 150 min/1st hour. Liver function tests showed total serum bilirubin 59.8 µmol/L, direct bilirubin 35.9 µmol/L, serum asparate aminotransferase 96 IU/L, alanine aminotransferase 16 IU/L and alkaline phosphatase 720 IU/L. Blood sugar, urea, serum electrolytes and serum osmolality were within normal limits ns were urinary sodium and osmolality. Plain X-ray of the abdomen revealed calcification in the hepatic area. Spleno-portovenogram demonstrated extensive retro-peritoneal collaterals communicating with inferior vena cava. Splenic and portal veins were not visualized. Intravenous pyelogram was normal Abdominal ultrasound revealed multiple hypoechoic areas in the liver containing rounded hyperechoic area with posterior acoustic shadowing. Extrahepatic bile duct was normal and splenic and portal veins were patent [Figure - 1]. On percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography multiple intrahepatic cysts communicating with biliary system were found. These biliary cysts contained rounded filling defects (calculi). Common bile duct was normal [Figure - 2]. Histopathology of liver- biopsy specimen showed extensive periportal fibrosis with bile duct proliferation and evidence of cholangitis [Figure - 3].

 :: Discussion Top

Multiple hepatic cysts harbouring calculi and communicating with intrahepatic bile ducts are typically described in Caroli's disease.[6] Caroli's disease commonly involves both lobes of the liver,[6] however, segmental involvement has also been described[7],[9] and in these patients resectional surgery is favoured.[6] When Caroli's disease is associated with portal hypertension, the commonest cause is congenital hepatic fibrosis, as seen in our case. This association has been described in 10%[7] of the cases.[6] Spleno-portovenogram may reveal characteristic picture in congenital hepatic fibrosis comprising of duplication of intrahepatic portal venous channels,[8] however, in our case this was not observed as portal and splenic vein were not visualised. This non-visualization of splenic and portal vein in intrahepatic portal hypertension has been attributed to excessive blood flow through the collaterals bypassing the portal system.[3]

Congenital hepatic fibrosis is commonly associated with medullary sponge kidney[6] but occasionally with medullary cystic disease also. Adult form of medullary cystic disease manifesting as polyuria without renal failure as found in our case has so far been not described in English literature in association with congenital hepatic fibrosis. In these cases, usual investigations e.g. intravenous pyelogram, ultrasonography or even closed renal biopsy may be normal.[5]

In general, management of Caroli's disease involving both lobes has been unsatisfactory.[7] However, in isolated instances drainage by T-tube, choledochoduodenostomy[6] or transhepatic decompression[9] have been found to be successful. Prognosis of generalized Caroli's disease is still poor. Recurrent cholangitis, liver abscess and septicemia are quite often responsible for fatal outcomes

 :: Acknowledgement Top

We sincerely acknowledge the Medical Superintendent Surg. Cmde. A. Jagadishchandran for allowing us to publish this case report and Miss Vatsala for typing this manuscript.

 :: References Top

1.Beker, S.: Cysts of the liver. In, "Bockus Gastroenterology.' Editor: J. E. Berk, W. S. Haubrich, M. H. Kalser, J. L. A. Rath and F. Schaffner. W. B. Saunders Company. Philadelphia, London and Toronto, 1985, pp. 3278-3287.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Boichis, H., Passwell, J., David, R. an Miller, H.: Congenital hepatic fibrosis and nephronophthisis. Quart. J. Med , 42: 221-233, 1973.  Back to cited text no. 2    
3.Burchell, A. R., Moreno, A. H., Panke, W. F. and Rousselot, L. M.: Some limitations of splenic photography: I. Incidence, hemodynamics and surgical implications of the non-visualised portal vein. Ann. Surg., 162: 981-995, 1965.  Back to cited text no. 3    
4.Caroli, J., Soupault, R., Kossakowski, J., Plocker. L. and Paradowska M.: La dilatation polykystigul congenitale desvoies biliares intrahepatigues. Essaide classification. Sem. Hop. Paris, 34: 489-495, 1958.  Back to cited text no. 4    
5.Harrison, A. R.: Cystic disease of the kidney. In, "Postgraduate Nephrology" Editor: F. Marsh. Williams Hernemann Medical Books, London. 1985, PP. 411-424.   Back to cited text no. 5    
6.Mail, J. C., Ghahremani, G. G. and Boyer, J. L.: Caroli's disease associated with congenital hepatic fibrosis and renal tubular ectasia. A case report. Gastroenterology, 66: 1029-1035, 1974.  Back to cited text no. 6    
7.Mercadier, M., Chigot, J. P., Ciot, J. P., Langlois, P. and Lansiaux, P.: Caroli's disease. World J. Surg., 8: 22-29, 1984.  Back to cited text no. 7    
8.Odievre, M., Chaumont, P. Montague, J. Ph. and Alagille, D.: Anomalies of the intrahepatic portal venous system in congenital hepatic fibrosis. Radiology, 122: 427-430, 1977.  Back to cited text no. 8    
9.Witlin. L. T., Gadacz, T. R., Zuidema G. D. and kreilabaugh, W. W.: Transhepatic decompression of the biliary tree in Caroli's disease. Surgery, 91: 205-209 1982.  Back to cited text no. 9    


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