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Retroperitoneal fibrosis

Other Names for this Disease
  • Idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis
  • Ormond's disease
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What are the symptoms of retroperitoneal fibrosis?

Early symptoms of retroperitoneal fibrosis may include:[1]

  • Dull pain in the abdomen that increases with time
  • Swelling of one leg
  • Decreased circulation in the legs leading to pain and discoloration
  • Severe abdominal pain with hemorrhage due to ischemic bowel

Late symptoms of retroperitoneal fibrosis may include:[1]

  • Decreased urine output
  • Total lack of urine (anuria)
  • Nausea, vomiting, changes in thinking caused by kidney failure and the resulting build-up of toxic chemicals in the blood.
Last updated: 10/15/2013

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