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Small cell carcinoma of the gallbladder: a case report
Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg 2017 Aug;21(3):168-71
Published online August 31, 2017
Copyright © 2017 Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg.

Hayemin Lee, Ho Joong Choi, and Il Young Park

Department of Surgery, Bucheon St. Mary Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Bucheon, Korea
Received December 28, 2016; Revised April 15, 2017; Accepted June 26, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Small cell carcinoma (SCC) of the gallbladder is an extremely rare tumor. Despite aggressive and varied treatments, its prognosis is poor. A 70-year-old woman undergoing treatment for pneumonia was detected with a gallbladder mass. Radical cholecystectomy was performed and the pathology revealed small cell carcinoma. There were metastases in 2 lymph nodes, scoring T2N1M0, stage IIIB (AJCC 7th). The patient has survived thus far, with subsequent chemotherapy. SCC of the gallbladder has an extremely low incidence and poor prognosis. In some cases, radical surgery with chemotherapy or radiation therapy could increase survival rate of patients. (Ann Hepatobiliary Pancreat Surg 2017;21:168-171)
Keywords : Gallbladder neoplasms; Small-cell carcinoma