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Author: Mikael Häggström [notes 1]

Basic autopsy cutting

Gross pathology of gallbladder carcinoma, with a prominent nodule.

May be done by a distal-to-proximal approach: Identify the ampulla of Vater, possibly by bile flow when squeezing the gallbladder. Dissect the common bile duct, cystic duct and thereafter the gallbladder. Look mainly for signs of carcinoma.

Further information: Autopsy


Generally 10% neutral buffered formalin.

See also: General notes on fixation

Microscopic evaluation


In this page, the following signs and text coloring are used for comprehensiveness:

  • Minimal depth
  • (Moderate depth)
  • ((Comprehensive))

The gallbladder has (regular size,) thin walls and contains {{__ [[number of]] gallstones measuring up to __ mm. Otherwise}} normal bile. ((No tumor or gallstones.)) {{Mild / Moderate / Severe cholesterolosis.}} edit


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  1. Talwar, OP; K.C., Geetika (2014). "Histomorphological changes in gall bladder diseases and its association with helicobacter infection ". Journal of Pathology of Nepal 4 (8): 617–622. doi:10.3126/jpn.v4i8.11607. ISSN 2091-0908. 
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