Retroperitoneal fibrosis is also called as RPF and here one undergoes problems with the development of extensive fibrosis, which happens right through the retroperitoneum leading to obstruction of retroperitoneal structures. It drastically affects the uterus causing signs like irregular or heavy bleeding, low grade fever, acute constipation, deep venous thrombosis and other related symptoms.
HOW IS RETROPERITONEAL FIBROSIS DIAGNOSED?
Abdominal CT scan is the best way to find a retroperitoneal mass.
Other tests that can help diagnose it include:
BUN and creatinine blood tests
Intravenous pyelogram (IVP), not as commonly used
MRI of the abdomen
CAT scan of the abdomen and retroperitoneum
A biopsy of the mass may also be done to rule out cancer.
HOW IS RETROPERITONEAL FIBROSIS TREATED?
If diagnosed in the early stages, patients would be prescribed medications such as immunosuppressant or anti-inflammatory drugs. Surgery might be needed if the ureters are blocked and to prevent the blockage from occurring again.
DID YOU KNOW?
Retroperitoneal Fibrosis can cause kidney failure if it is not treated.