Fishhook ureters

Last revised by Ammar Ashraf on 11 Nov 2022

Fishhook ureters, also known as J-shaped ureters or hockey stick ureters describe the appearance of the distal ureter in patients with significant benign prostatic hypertrophy. It has also been used to describe the appearance of a retrocaval ureter in type 1 or low loop variety. As the right ureter hooks behind the IVC, it has also been referred to as an S-shaped ureter.

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: left ureteric fishhook
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  • Figure 1: hockey stick
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  • Case 2: retrocaval ureter
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  • Case 3: circumcaval ureter
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