|Year : 2004 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 181-182
Leiomyoma of ureter - a rare cause of intractable hematuria and clot retention
Shailesh A Shah, Prakash Ranka, Sharad Dodiya, Rajesh Jain, Gaurang Kadam
Department of Urology and Kidney Transplantation, Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre and Institute of Transplantation Sciences, BJ Medical College and Civil Hospital Campus, Asarwa, Ahmedabad, India
Shailesh A Shah
Kidneyline Health Care, 1st Floor. Harikrupa Towers, Near Govt. Ladies Hostel, B/h. Gujarat College, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad - 380 006
Keywords: Leiomyoma, hematuria. urinary retention. ureteric SOL.
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Shah SA, Ranka P, Dodiya S, Jain R, Kadam G. Leiomyoma of ureter - a rare cause of intractable hematuria and clot retention. Indian J Urol 2004;20:181-2
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Shah SA, Ranka P, Dodiya S, Jain R, Kadam G. Leiomyoma of ureter - a rare cause of intractable hematuria and clot retention. Indian J Urol [serial online] 2004 [cited 2013 May 22];20:181-2. Available from: http://www.indianjurol.com/text.asp?2004/20/2/181/20759
| Case Report|| |
A 43-year-old male presented with a history of total, painless, gross hematuria of 10 days duration. During this period the patient had 2 episodes of clot retention, managed by catheterization and bladder wash in a peripheral hospital. On examination, he was hemodynamically stable and the per urethral catheter was draining hemorrhagic urine. Laboratory investigations revealed hemoglobin (Hb) 7.5 gm/dl and serum creatinine 1.4 mg/dl. Plain Xray KUB was normal. Ultrasonography revealed a normal-sized left kidney with no hydronephrosis. Right kidney was 7.2 cm x 4.1 cm with mild hydronephrosis and upper hydroureter. There was a mixed echogenic mass in bladder measuring 6.5 x 5.1 x 7.1 cm 3 suggestive of clot. Four units of blood transfusion were given. Emergency cystoscopy and clot evacuation was done under regional anesthesia. There was no growth in the bladder. Hemorrhagic efflux was clearly seen emerging from the right ureteric orifice. Retrograde ureteropyelogram showed a filling defect at the junction of the upper ureter and midureter. Ureteroscopy was performed and an attempt was made to take a biopsy but because of profuse hematuria and poor vision this could not be taken. Intravenous urogram revealed a non-visualized right kidney and a normally functioning left kidney. Computed tomography scan revealed a normal left kidney, a small right kidney with poor enhancement and a soft tissue lesion in the right midureter at the level of L5 vertebra. Right radical nephroureterectomy was performed. One preoperative and another intraoperative blood transfusion were given. Postoperative Hb level was 11 gm/dl and his recovery was smooth. The gross specimen showed a polypoid mass in the mid-ureter measuring 4.5 x 1.5 x 0.5 cm,  tapered at both ends, with whitish smooth surface and firm consistency [Figure - 1]. There were petechial spots in the mucosa of the ureter proximal to the mass. Histopathology showed microscopic features consistent with atypical leiomyoma. The kidney sections revealed poor corticomedullary differentiation with obliterated glomeruli. During follow-up at 3 months and 6 months the patient was well.
| Comments|| |
Benign and malignant primary ureteral tumors represent only I % of upper urinary tract oncology. The benign mesodermal tumors are the rarest of the ureteral tumors. With the exception of the numerous fibrous polyps, only occasional examples of each have been reported in the literature. These include leiomyomas, neurofibromas, hemangioma, fibrolipoma and so on. In Scott's series of 144 cases of benign tumors of the ureter, only 3 cases of leiomyoma were included.  Recently, Yashi et al  reported the 8 th case of leiomyoma of the ureter, reviewed the literature and discussed clinical features of all 8 cases. The classic triad of symptoms, that uncommonly occurs together, consists of hematuria (75%), pain (60%) and a hydronephrotic mass (45%). The preoperative diagnosis of a benign ureteral tumor is difficult. There is one uncommon observation during retrograde pyelography that is interesting. The passage of a ureteral catheter that encounters an obstruction in the area of the filling defect, may cause bleeding through or around the catheter (Chevassu-Mock's sign). If the catheter is successfully manipulated past the obstruction, clear or pink urine is obtained (Marion's sign). Preoperative ureteroscopic biopsy can lead to a diagnosis. In the present case it was attempted but owing to profuse hematuria it was technically not possible. If preoperative studies and intraoperative findings strongly suggest a benign lesion, some urologists recommend a ureterotomy and biopsy of the lesion for frozen section with either excision of the tumor or segmental ureteral resection. However, the decision to violate strict principles of cancer operation in an effort to save the involved kidney is a difficult one. Such conservative approach is probably justified in a child if the ipsilateral kidney function is normal. In adults with a poorly functioning kidney, as was the present case who also had intractable hematuria, nephroureterectomy is the logical option.
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