Perinephric stranding refers to the appearance of oedema within the fat of the perirenal space on CT or MRI. While a degree of symmetric bilateral perinephric stranding is common, particularly in the elderly, asymmetric or unilateral perinephric stranding is an important sign of renal inflammation or of acute obstruction. As such, it is seen in conditions such as acute pyelonephritis and with ureteric calculi.
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