Retrocaval ureter

Case contributed by Dr Aditya Shetty


Ultrasound showed a right proximal hydroureter and mild dilatation of the pelvicalyceal system.

Patient Data

Age: 35
Gender: Male

Spot film taken during fluoroscopy study shows a 'Reverse J' appearance of right ureter

This is seen to occur at the level of L4 vertebra and extending upwards

This configuration of ureter has caused proximal dilatation of ureter and pelvicalceal system

Case Discussion

Case of retrocaval ureter (low loop type)

Also known as circumcaval ureter

It is an anomaly of the ureter which occurs due to persistence of the subcardinal vein.

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Case information

rID: 27780
Case created: 19th Feb 2014
Last edited: 4th Oct 2015
System: Urogenital
Tag: shetty
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