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The growth of excess fibrous tissue in the space behind the stomach and intestine is known as retroperitoneal fibrosis or Ormond's disease. This fibrous growth can block or compress the ureters preventing urine from flowing freely from the kidneys to the bladder. This disorder begins as an inflammation of the abdominal aorta which affects the flow of flood from the heart to the legs and kidneys. Pain in the abdomen and leg and swelling or discolouration of the legs are the signs and symptoms of this disorder.
HOW IS RETROPERITONEAL FIBROSIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the problem is usually done by a GP who would observe these symptoms and conduct an ultrasound to check for these signs. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate level testing is done to.
HOW IS RETROPERITONEAL FIBROSIS TREATED?
Treatment of retroperitoneal fibrosis depends on the location and extent of the tissue growth. Surgery is often very successful in freeing an organ that has been constricted by retroperitoneal fibrosis. Surgery may also be used to remove a fibrous mass. Obstruction of the ureter is often treated with ureterolysis, a surgical procedure used to free a ureter from surrounding tissue (e.g., abnormal fibrous tissue). In some cases, stents may be implanted within the ureter to provide temporary relief from obstruction. Corticosteroid drug therapy may be used in the early stages of the disease, in conjunction with surgery, or in affected individuals who are at high risk if surgery is performed.
DID YOU KNOW?
The disorder may lead to:
• Ongoing blockage of the tubes leading from the kidney on one or both sides
• Chronic kidney failure