What is the classic presentation of choledochal cysts in adults?

Updated: Jul 01, 2020
  • Author: Emily Tommolino, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The classic triad in adults with choledochal cysts is abdominal pain, jaundice, and palpable right upper quadrant abdominal mass. However, this triad is found in only 10-20% of patients.

Adults may present with the following:

  • Abdominal pain: Most common symptom; there may be vague epigastric or right upper quadrant pain

  • Jaundice or cholangitis

  • One or more severe complications (eg, hepatic abscesses, cirrhosis, portal hypertension, recurrent pancreatitis, cholelithiasis)

See Presentation for more detail.


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