Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2016;5(4):294-296. (DOI: 10.5582/irdr.2016.01063)

Presentation of idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis at a young age: A rare case report.

Minocha P, Setia A


Abdominal pain is a very common symptom in all age groups but retroperitoneal fibrosis is a rare differential diagnosis suspected in young patients presenting with nonspecific abdominal pain and symptoms of obstructive uropathy. Presented here is a case of a 16-year-old boy who presented with symptoms of persistent abdominal pain and a previous history of swelling in the left leg. A computed tomography (CT) scan suggested retroperitoneal fibrosis and an exploratory laparotomy and histopathological examination were performed for definitive diagnosis. This case report is intended to promote awareness of retroperitoneal fibrosis in young patients among health care providers.

KEYWORDS: Retroperitoneal fibrosis, children, abdominal pain, obstructive uropathy

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