Pelvic phleboliths

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete

Presentation

Suspicion for kidney stones.

X-ray

Vesical X-ray

X-ray shows multiple round, calcified densities with radiolucent centers in the pelvis.

Case Discussion

Pelvic phleboliths are frequently seen on abdominal x-rays. Since these stones are small in size, almost like a dot of calcification, it is difficult to detect if it is in the urinary tract or in the vein.

Their tendency to be in and around the vesicoureteric junction (VUJ), which is a common site for a ureteric stone to lodge, adds to the difficulty in their diagnosis on plain radiographs.

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Case information

rID: 27348
Published: 30th Jan 2014
Last edited: 7th Oct 2019
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