Uric acid calculus

Case contributed by Dr Roberto Schubert


Flank pain and haematuria in a patient with gout. Plain film KUB is normal.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Male

Within the right renal pelvis a hyperdense focus is present with an oblong form on axial and a more rectangular form on coronal imaged. There is no hydronephrosis or hydroureter although the proximal right ureter is swollen with some surrounding stranding. The left collecting system is unremarkable. 

Annotated image

Oblong calculus is located in the right renal pelvis (blue dotted line) with stranding of the proximal ureter (yellow arrow). 

Case Discussion

Uric acid stones are uncommon, and are radiolucent on plain films. They typically have a sheet like / oblong morphology. 

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Case information

rID: 18605
Published: 15th Jul 2012
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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