Symptoms & Signs
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain, possibly only on one side
- Blood in the urine
- Burning pain while urinating (dysuria)
- Flank pain
- On one side
- May travel or radiate to the groin, genitals, thigh
- Foul-smelling urine
- Frequent and urgent urination
- Lump (mass) in the abdomen that can be felt
- Ureterocele tissue falls down (prolapse) through the female urethra and into the vagina
- Urinary incontinence
- Urinary tract infection
Diagnosis & Tests
Large ureteroceles are usually diagnosed earlier than smaller ones. A ureterocele may be discovered before the baby is born (during a pregnancy ultrasound).
Some people with ureteroceles do not know they have the condition. Often, the diagnosis is made later in life due to kidney stones.
A urinalysis may reveal blood in the urine or signs of urinary tract infection.
The following tests may be performed:
- Abdominal ultrasound
- CT scan of the abdomen
- Radionuclide renal scan
- Voiding cystourethrogram
Blood pressure may be high if there is kidney damage.
Pictures & ImagesFemale urinary tract
Review Date : 9/7/2008
Reviewed By : David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.