Journal of Radiology Case Reports, Vol 7, No 3 (2013)

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Don't get caught out! A rare case of a calcified urachal remnant mimicking a bladder calculus

Don't get caught out! A rare case of a calcified urachal remnant mimicking a bladder calculus

Jonathan Carl Luis Rodrigues, Sanjay Gandhi

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Abstract


Computer tomography through the kidneys, ureters and bladder (CT KUB) is the mainstay investigation of suspected renal tract calculi. However, several pathologies other than renal tract calculi can cause apparent urinary bladder calcification. We describe the case of a 45 year old man who presented with left sided renal colic. Prone CT KUB performed on admission revealed a calcified urachal remnant mimicking a urinary bladder calculus in the dependent portion of the urinary bladder, confirmed by reviewing the multi-planar reformatted images. This is the first reported case in the literature of this phenomenon. We discuss the importance of using multi-planar reformatted images (MPR) and maximum intensity projection images (MIP), as well as careful review of previous imaging, in making the correct diagnosis. We also discuss the differential diagnoses that should be considered when presented with urinary bladder calcification.

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