Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons                           
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 168--170

Congenital giant megaureter with duplex kidney presenting as abdominal lump in a neonate


Venkatesh M Annigeri1, Harihar V Hegde2, Preetam B Patil3, Anil B Halgeri1, P Raghavendra Rao2,  
1 Department of Paediatric Surgery, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Radiodiagnosis, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Harihar V Hegde
Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, SDM College of Medical Sciences and Hospital, Sattur, Dharwad, Karnataka- 580009
India

Abstract

A neonate with unilateral complete duplex system with congenital giant megaureter of the upper moiety presenting as abdominal lump is reported. A left upper moiety nephroureterectomy was performed. Such an anomaly with this presentation has not been reported in neonates.



How to cite this article:
Annigeri VM, Hegde HV, Patil PB, Halgeri AB, Rao P R. Congenital giant megaureter with duplex kidney presenting as abdominal lump in a neonate.J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2012;17:168-170


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Annigeri VM, Hegde HV, Patil PB, Halgeri AB, Rao P R. Congenital giant megaureter with duplex kidney presenting as abdominal lump in a neonate. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg [serial online] 2012 [cited 2021 Oct 21 ];17:168-170
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 Introduction



Congenital giant megaureter (CGM) comprises an extremely rare subgroup of megaureter. The CGM can be associated with other genitourinary anomalies such as duplex renal systems, megacalicosis, contralateral hydronephrosis, or cryptorchidism. [1] Duplication is one of the common causes of renal asymmetry with an overall incidence of 0.3-0.6%. [1] We report a unique case of unilateral complete duplex system with congenital giant megaureter of the upper moiety in a neonate presenting as abdominal lump.

 Case Report



A 20-day-old, full term boy weighing 2.8 kg presented with progressive distension of the abdomen for one week. The antenatal period was unsupervised. The first passage of meconium had been normal. No abnormality was detected on general physical examination. The abdominal examination revealed an ill-defined soft abdominal mass with a smooth surface measuring 15×10 cm. The mass was occupying the left flank and left hypochondrium extending into the left iliac fossa and umbilical regions. The urinalysis, blood urea and serum creatinine were normal. An ultrasound of the abdomen showed a large convoluted anechoic cystic mass filling almost the whole abdomen without clarifying its origin; the cystic mass seemed to fold on itself crossing the midline and extending into the pelvis. The left kidney was not visualized clearly. The right kidney was normal. A contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) scan of abdomen and pelvis [Figure 1] showed a large, non-enhancing, irregular shaped, cystic lesion involving the entire abdomen and pelvis insinuating into and causing compression over adjacent structures. Inferiorly, the lesion was tapering and ending into the lower portion of left side of pelvis. The lesion was seen to be arising from upper portion of the left kidney. There was no renal parenchyma seen in the upper portion of left kidney. A small portion of normal left kidney was seen at the lower pole. Voiding cystourethrogram showed normal bladder and urethra. Nuclear scan facility was not available in our institute.{Figure 1}

On exploration, there was complete duplex system on the left side. The lower moiety had good amount of cortex with normal ureter. The upper moiety had atrophic parenchyma with a huge, dilated and tortuous megaureter (diameter=6 cm; total length=35 cm) till the lower end [Figure 2]. The lower end terminated blindly behind the lower posterior wall of the bladder as a cul-de-sac. A left upper moiety nephroureterectomy was performed. The postoperative period was uneventful. The child was asymptomatic and doing well at nine months follow-up.{Figure 2}

 Discussion



CGM is an extremely rare condition. [2] This condition is characterized by giant ureteral dilatation producing an elongated and distorted ureter. Distally, there may be a congenital ureteral stenosis or atresia, or a ureter of approximately normal caliber. The associated kidney or moiety may be hypoplastic, dysplastic, or hydronephrotic with associated atrophic renal parenchyma. Usually, the function and volume of the bladder are normal. [3] Congenital segmental giant megaureter (CSGM) is an extremely rare condition, with less than 10 cases reported in the literature. In CSGM, there is primary involvement of a segment of ureter with sparing of the proximal and the distal parts.

A complete duplex system results from an anomalous origin of two ureteric buds or branching of a single ureteral bud developing from a very short common excretory duct. The latter would be absorbed into the bladder early enough to allow separation of the duplicated ureters during their cephalolateral migration in the bladder, resulting in a complete duplication. The pathogenesis of the CGM is unclear. A complete ureteral obstruction may result in renal dysplasia if it develops early in the second trimester, or hydronephrosis with/without atrophic parenchyma if it develops after the kidney has started producing urine. [4] The treatment of choice for a totally dilated ureter corresponding to a poor or non-functioning dysplastic kidney is nephroureterectomy. If there is a segmental cystic dilatation with preserved renal function, excision followed by uretero-ureterostomy can be performed. [5] We performed nephroureterectomy in our patient because of the non-functional upper moiety.

Uson et al.[6] and Lelli-Chiesa et al.[7] reported a case of a giant ureter presenting as an abdominal mass in a newborn. There are only a few cases of duplex renal system reported in the literature in which the ureter has assumed massive proportions, completely overshadowing the renal pelvis and parenchyma. Mahajan et al.[8] reported a case of an adult woman who had unilateral upper-pole giant hydroureter in a duplex kidney which was incidentally detected during caesarean section. The authors performed heminephrectomy. Whitmore et al.[9] reported a case of giant hydronephrosis of a duplex system associated with ureteral ectopia.

This case highlights the extent to which a ureter can dilate in neonate. To our knowledge, this is the first case with CGM with duplex system presenting as abdominal lump in a neonate.

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