FREQUENCY OF INCIDENTAL GALLBLADDER CARCINOMA IN CHOLECYSTECTOMY SPECIMENS
Objectives: The aim of this study was to find the frequency of gallbladder carcinoma in cholecystectomy specimens.
Methods: This was a retrospective study conducted from January 2013 to December 2015 at Surgical Department
of Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar. Total of 310 cholecystectomy specimens of all age group and both sexes
were analyzed, using convenient sampling. The percentage of carcinoma was observed and the results were recorded
Results: In our study majority of the patients were female 92.9% (288/310). Most of the patients were more than 40
years of age. The most common presenting symptoms was abdominal pain 77.7% followed by dyspepsia 54% and
features of acute cholecystitis (5%).
Conclusion: Gallbladder carcinoma although a rare tumor, carries worse prognosis and is mostly diagnosed after
cholecystectomy on histopathology, so that diagnosis at early stage is very significant and all cholecystectomy spec-
imens should be sent for histopathology.