Goblet sign (ureter)

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The goblet sign (or champagne glass sign) refers to the appearance of the ureter when it is focally dilated by an intraluminal mass. It is best seen when the ureter is opacified from below, by a retrograde ureterogram. Presence of this sign indicates the pathology to be chronic, permitting the lesion to be accommodated in the ureter. 

Although most frequently caused by transitional cell carcinoma, a number of other entities can lead to the same appearance 1:

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Article information

rID: 9831
System: Urogenital
Section: Signs
Tag: ureter
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Champagne glass sign

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    Figure 1: photograph: glass goblet
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    Case 1: TCC ureter
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