What is the anatomic importance of the cystic in the performance of laparoscopic cholecystectomy?

Updated: Apr 16, 2020
  • Author: Danny A Sherwinter, MD; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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The cystic duct connects the gallbladder to the common hepatic duct to form the CBD. It is arguably the most important structure to be identified in a cholecystectomy. The cystic duct ranges from 1 to 5 cm in length and from 3 to 7 mm in width; an extremely short (<2 cm) cystic duct may pose a substantial challenge in the dissection and placement of clips during cholecystectomy.


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