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?
Corticosteroids are tried first and drug tamoxifen is prescribed If corticosteroid treatment does not work, a biopsy should be done to confirm the diagnosis.Medicines to suppress the immune system are also prescribed.When medication does not work, surgery and stents or draining tubes are needed.
DID YOU KNOW?
Retroperitoneal fibrosis is a rare condition with an estimated incidence of 1.38 cases per 100,000 people