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2019 Feb 14




Idiopathic Retroperitoneal Fibrosis Presenting as Low Back Pain.


Sharma S, Paniagua-Morales JA, Cordoba G G, Then EO, Sharma S
Cureus. 2019 Feb 14; 11(2):e4075.
PMID: 31019853.


Retroperitoneal fibrosis is a rare condition characterized by the presence of fibrous inflammatory tissue in the retroperitoneal structures, such as the infrarenal great vessels and ureters. We are reporting an atypical case of an alcoholic who presented with chronic back pain and abnormal liver function tests. Abdominal imaging revealed an incidental, ill-defined, abnormal soft tissue mass in the left pelvis and mild to moderate left hydroureteronephrosis. Interventional radiology (IR)-guided core biopsy reported cores of dense fibrous tissue with extensive lymphoplasmacytic infiltrates, consistent with idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis (IRF). The patient had a left ureteral stent placed and, subsequently, had robotic surgery for ureteral reimplantation.