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Retroperitoneal fibrosis

Other Names for this Disease
  • Idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Ormond's disease
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Retroperitoneal fibrosis is a slowly progressive disorder in which the tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder (ureters) and other abdominal organs are blocked by a fibrous mass and inflammation in the back of the abdomen. Doctors don't know why these masses form. The disorder may cause chronic unilateral obstructive uropathy or chronic bilateral obstructive uropathy.[1]
Last updated: 10/15/2013


  1. Vorvick LJ. Retroperitoneal fibrosis. MedlinePlus. March 17, 2011; Accessed 10/15/2013.
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