Ruptured remnant of urachal diverticulum

An unusual cause of congenital urinary ascites

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Urachal diverticulum is an infrequent finding and its perforation as a cause of fetal urinary ascites has not been reported before. This is a case report on an infant with antenatal diagnosis of fetal ascites. This infant was delivered via cesarean section and needed mechanical ventilation owing to a massive ascites that required paracentesis. She did not void for 20 h until a urethral catheter was placed. The biochemical analysis of the ascitic fluid compared with the serum and urine was suggestive of urine ascites. The voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) showed a leakage at the remnant of urachal diverticulum. The urethral catheter was maintained for 3 weeks until the repeated VCUG confirmed a sealed-off urachal diverticulum. With removal of the catheter, the infant was able to void spontaneously and was discharged home on continued prophylactic antibiotics. As symptomatic urachal remnants have an increased potential for malignant transformation, a close follow-up by a urologist was recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)978-980
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume32
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

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Diverticulum
Ascites
Urinary Catheters
Urine
Paracentesis
Ascitic Fluid
Prenatal Diagnosis
Artificial Respiration
Cesarean Section
Catheters
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Serum

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Ruptured remnant of urachal diverticulum : An unusual cause of congenital urinary ascites. / Chilakala, S. K.; Boulden, Thomas; Pourcyrous, Massroor.

In: Journal of Perinatology, Vol. 32, No. 12, 01.12.2012, p. 978-980.

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