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Retroperitoneal Fibrosis is a rare disorder that blocks the tubes of the ureters. Ureter is tube that carries urine from kidney to bladder. Retroperitoneal Fibrosis occurs when extra fibrous tissue develops in the area behind the stomach and intestines. Symptoms are:
• Dull pain in abdomen that increases with time
• Pain and change in color of legs
• Swelling of leg
• Decreased urine output
• No urine output
• Nausea, vomiting and change in mental status
• Severe abdominal pain
HOW IS RETROPERITONEAL FIBROSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Retroperitoneal Fibrosis is based on your symptoms and clinical examination. Nephrologists may order for ultrasound of the abdomen, BUN, creatinine blood tests, kidney ultrasound, MRI of abdomen and biopsy of the fibrous mass are performed to confirm diagnosis
HOW IS RETROPERITONEAL FIBROSIS TREATED?
Corticosteroids are given to patients as the first step. If this does not work general surgeons may consider removal of the fibrous mass and conducting biopsy. In some cases stents are placed for treating the condition.
DID YOU KNOW?
Retroperitoneal Fibrosis can cause kidney failure if it is not treated.