A ureterocele is a congenital abnormality found in the ureter. In this condition the distal ureter balloons at its opening into the bladder, forming a sac-like pouch. It is most often associated with a duplicated collection system, where two ureters drain their respective kidney instead of one. Simple ureterocele, where the condition involves only a single ureter, represents only twenty percent of cases.

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Since the advent of the ultrasound, most ureteroceles are diagnosed prenatally. The pediatric and adult conditions are often found incidentally, i.e. through diagnostic imaging performed for unrelated reasons.

Classification Edit

Confined within the bladder
Some part extends to the bladder neck or urethra
Intravesical ureterocele with a narrow opening
Ectopic ureterocele with an orifice distal to the bladder neck
Orifice is both stenotic and distal to the bladder neck
Ectopic ureterocele that extends into the urethra, but the orifice is in the bladder

Signs and symptoms Edit

CT scan showing a ureterocele associated with a duplicated collection system of the left kidney.

The signs and symptoms of ureterocele in the latter two forms can easily be confused with other medical conditions. Symptoms can include:[citation needed]

Complications Edit

Many other complications arise from ureteroceles. Redundant collection systems are usually smaller in diameter than single, and predispose the patient to impassable kidney stones. The effective "bladder within a bladder" compounds this problem by increasing the collision of uric acid particles, the process by which uric acid stones are formed. Ureterocele is also associated with poor kidney function. It can cause frequent blockage of the ureter leading to serious kidney damage. In other cases, a small, upper portion of the kidney is congenitally non-functional. Though often benign, this problem can necessitate the removal of non-functioning parts.[citation needed]

Causes Edit

Definitive causes of ureterocele have not been found. While the abnormal growth occurs within the uterus, it has not been substantiated that genetics are to blame.[citation needed] Congenital abnormalities of the mesonephric duct in males can lead to the formation of a ureterocele, which often coincide with ipsilateral agenesis of the kidney (atrophic kidney) and seminal vesicle cysts, this is known as Zinner Syndrome.[1]

Diagnosis Edit

IVU-shows Adder head appearance or Cobra head appearance. Cystoscopy-shows translucent cyst which is thin walled surrounding ureteric orifice[citation needed]

Treatment Edit

  • Single-system ureterocele: initial management is usually endoscopic incision of the ureterocele, which can be followed by surgical ureteric re-implantation to preserve renal function and prevent reflux.[citation needed]
  • Duplex-system ureterocele: treatment options vary with the individual and include: endoscopic incision of the corresponding ureteric orifice in case of ureteric meatal stricture; upper pole nephrectomy for a poorly functioning unit with ureterectomy or, where there is useful renal function, ureteropyelostomy.[citation needed]

References Edit

  1. ^ Ghonge NP, Aggarwal B, Sahu AK (July 2010). "Zinner syndrome: A unique triad of mesonephric duct abnormalities as an unusual cause of urinary symptoms in late adolescence". Indian Journal of Urology. 26 (3): 444–7. doi:10.4103/0970-1591.70592. PMC 2978453. PMID 21116373.

Further reading Edit

  • Hautmann, Huland: Urologie, 3.Auflage, Springer Verlag 2006, S397 f (in German)
  • W. Schuster, D. Färber (Hrsg.): Kinderradiologie. Bildgebende Diagnostik. Springer 1996, ISBN 3-540-60224-0 (in German)
  • M. Bettex, N. Genton, M. Stockmann (Hrsg.): Kinderchirurgie. Diagnostik, Indikation, Therapie, Prognose. 2. Auflage, Thieme 1982, ISBN 3-13-338102-4 (in German)
  • V. Hofmann, K. H. Deeg, P. F. Hoyer: Ultraschalldiagnostik in Pädiatrie und Kinderchirurgie. Lehrbuch und Atlas. Thieme 2005, ISBN 3-13-100953-5. (in German)
  • F. C. Sitzmann: Kinderheilkunde. Diagnostik - Therapie - Prophylaxe. 6. Auflage, Hippokrates 1988, ISBN 3-7773-0827-7. (in German)

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