Fragile papilloma (papillary adenoma) of the gallbladder. A cause of recurrent biliary colic.

This case study of a young man with a papillary adenoma of the gallbladder documents the potential for benign tumors of the gallbladder to present with symptoms of biliary colic. The case illustrates the mechanism by which free-floating, detached, tumor particles cause intermittent obstruction of the cystic duct, and it presents the attendant symptoms.