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Question:

I have been diagnosed with adenosquamous carcinoma of the gallbladder.

I would like to know what type of surgery is better, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy or an open cholecystectomy.

Dan

Answer:

Dear Dan,

An adenosquamous carcinoma is a malignant cancer that contains two types of cells: squamous cells (thin, flat cells that line certain organs) and gland-like cells.

Adenosquamous carcinoma of the gallbladder is relatively rare.

Its biological behavior and optimal surgical procedure are still controversial

Adenosquamous/squamous cell carcinoma of the gallbladder generally has been considered a lethal disease.

Tumor recurrence along port tracks is a potential complication of laparoscopic cholecystectomy when gallbladder carcinoma is present, even after subsequent hepatic resection is performed for attempted cure.

Adenosquamous/squamous cell carcinoma of the gallbladder warrants resection only if potentially curative resection is feasible.

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