Annals of Minimally Invasive Surgeries

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Case Report | VOLUME 4 | ISSUE 1 | DOI: 10.36959/351/590 OPEN ACCESS

"Duplex Ureter": ¿Are we Aware of this Uncommon Finding?

Carlos Leal, MD, PhD

  • Carlos Leal 1*
  • Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Mexico

Leal C (2022) "Duplex Ureter": ¿Are we Aware of this Uncommon Finding?. Ann Minim Invasive Surg 4(1):41-43.

Accepted: January 29, 2022 | Published Online: January 31, 2022

"Duplex Ureter": ¿Are we Aware of this Uncommon Finding?

A 27-year-old, gravida 0 para 0, female presented herself for an evaluation of recurrent urinary tract infections and severe dysmenorrhea. The ultrasound revealed a bilateral small but complex adnexal mass, suggesting endometriosis (Figure 1). Ca 125 was 88 U. Laparoscopic surgery was performed, showing evidence of infiltrative endometriosis and entrapment of the right ureter on the right pelvic sidewall (Figure 2); During the initial anatomical inspection a duplicated ureter was diagnosed (Figure 3). The laparoscopic surgery was performed to liberate both ureters and resection of the deep endometriosis without any complicated issues (Figure 4).

Congenital anomalies of the kidney and the urinary tract (CAKUT) constitute approximately 20 to 30 percent of all anomalies identified in the prenatal period. Defects can be bilateral or unilateral, and different defects often coexist in an individual patient [1].

Complete or partial duplication of the renal collecting system also referred to as a duplicated system, is the most common congenital anomaly of the urinary tract [2]. Autopsy studies report an estimated incidence of 0.8 to 5.0 percent [3]. Double collecting systems are thought to result from duplication of the ureteric bud, with the superior bud associated with the upper renal pole, and the inferior bud with the lower renal pole.

In complete duplication, the kidney has two separate pelvicalyceal systems and two ureters. The ureter from the lower collecting system usually enters the bladder in the trigone, whereas the ureter from the upper collecting system can have a normal insertion in the trigone, or it can be inserted ectopically in the bladder or elsewhere. Ectopic insertion of the ureter can result in obstruction or vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) [4]. Depending on the location of the ectopic insertion, incontinence also may be present.

Partial duplication is more common than complete duplication. In these cases, the kidney has two separate pelvicalyceal systems, with either a single ureter or two ureters that unite prior to insertion into the bladder. Strong knowledge of the retroperitoneal anatomy will facilitate the ureteral findings [5].

In patients with asymptomatic uncomplicated (no dilation) duplication of the collecting system, no further intervention or referral is needed. However, if there is a history of urinary tract infection (UTI) or dilation (typically due to obstruction) further interventions must be done, this can be done with laparoscopic surgery.


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