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Ureteral obstruction caused by schistosomiasis

Authors:

Th Vancauwenberghe ,

Department of Radiology and Imaging, H.H. Ziekenhuis, Lier, Belgium, BE
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M Oyaert,

Department of Clinical Biology, H.H. Ziekenhuis, Lier, Belgium, BE
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JL Termote,

Department of Radiology and Imaging, H.H. Ziekenhuis, Lier, Belgium, BE
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T Mulkens,

Department of Radiology and Imaging, H.H. Ziekenhuis, Lier, Belgium, BE
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P Bellinck

Department of Radiology and Imaging, H.H. Ziekenhuis, Lier, Belgium, BE
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Abstract

We report a unusual case of hydro-ureteronephrosis caused by schistosomiasis in a 66-year-old female. Computed tomography (CT) and biochemistry initially suggested a transitional cell carcinoma of the left proximal ureter. The patient was referred for reno-ureterectomy, but histopathological examination of the resection specimen demonstrated deposits of Schistosoma haematobium eggs. Although schistosomiasis is rare in Western Europe, this case illustrates the importance of considering infectious disease in patients with obstructive uropathy, particularly in the context of travelling or immigration from endemic areas.

Keywords: Schistosomiasis  
How to Cite: Vancauwenberghe, T. et al., (2013). Ureteral obstruction caused by schistosomiasis. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 96(5), pp.292–294. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.412
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Published on 01 Sep 2013.
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