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Eur J Pediatr Surg. 1993 Aug;3(4):248-9.

Ureteric cyst: an unusual abdominal mass.

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  • 1Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland.


Abdominal cystic masses in childhood are rare and despite improved imaging techniques continue to present diagnostic confusion. Typically such cystic lesions are mesenteric or intestinal in origin. However, rarer causes include cystic dilatation of a blind ending ureter. To date over 100 cases of blind ending ureters have been reported and their management described. We report on a case of non-communicating ureteric cyst associated with a blind ending ureter that recurred following percutaneous drainage and required operative resection. Although percutaneous drainage techniques have been advocated for a variety of abdominal cystic lesions, the experience gained from this case suggests that operative excision is the treatment of choice.

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