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?
CT and MRI scans of the abdomen would help in diagnosing this disorder. Ultrasound of the kidneys and blood test to determine kidney function would help in confirming the diagnosis of this disorder.
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?
Complication of Retroperitoneal Fibrosis is chronic kidney failure