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Revista médica de Chile

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CALDERILLO-RUIZ, Germán et al. Gallbladder epidermoid carcinoma. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2018, vol.146, n.12, pp.1438-1443. ISSN 0034-9887.


Gallbladder epidermoid carcinoma is rare and more common in women over 55 years of age.


To report the features of 15 patients with gallbladder epidermoid carcinoma.

Material and Methods:

Review of medical records of patients with gallbladder cancer in an oncology service.


Of 207 patients with gallbladder cancer, 15patients aged 53-72years, 93% women had an epidermoid component in their cancer. Forty percent were diabetic and 33% had cholelithiasis. All had locoregional extension of the tumor. A cholecystectomy was done in nine patients (using open surgery in six). In six patients, only a biopsy was done. Median survival was 4.2 months.


Gallbladder epidermoid carcinoma is uncommon and has a bad prognosis.

Keywords : Carcinoma; Gallbladder; Prognosis; Survival.

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