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Urachal cyst


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Overview

Urachal cyst is a sac-like pocket of tissue that develops in the urachus, a primitive structure that connects the umbilical cord to the bladder in the developing baby. Although it normally disappears prior to birth, part of the urachus may remain in some people. Urachal cysts can develop at any age, but typically affect older children and adults. Urachal cysts are often not associated with any signs or symptoms unless there are complications such as infection. In these cases, symptoms may include abdominal pain, fever, pain with urination and/or hematuria. Treatment typically includes surgery to drain the cyst and/or remove the urachus.[1][2]
Last updated: 5/5/2015

References

  1. Urachal Abnormalities. Urology Care Foundation. 2011; http://www.urologyhealth.org/urology/index.cfm?article=41.
  2. Ashley RA, Inman BA, Routh JC, Rohlinger AL, Husmann DA, Kramer SA. Urachal anomalies: a longitudinal study of urachal remnants in children and adults. Journal of Urology. 2007; 178:1615-1618. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17707039. Accessed 10/13/2014.
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Basic Information

  • The Urology Care Foundation offers an information page on Urachal cyst. Please click on the link to access this resource.

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