Hartmann's pouch

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Hartmann’s pouch is an out-pouching of the wall of the gallbladder at the junction of the neck of the gallbladder and the cystic duct. Its identification is useful in delineating biliary anatomy when performing a cholecystectomy.

It is named after Henri Hubert Vadim Hartmann who first described it.[1]

Sometimes the term "Hartmann's pouch" is used to describe "Hartmann's procedure" which refers to a colon or rectal resection without an anastomosis in which a colostomy or ileostomy is created and the distal colon or rectum is left as a blind pouch.

Clinical significance[edit]

Impaction of gallstones in the Hartmann's pouch leads to Mucocoele of Gall Bladder.


  1. ^ synd/3069 at Who Named It?