Ureterocele: Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests

Symptoms & Signs

  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain, possibly only on one side
  • Blood in the urine
  • Burning pain while urinating (dysuria)
  • Fever
  • Flank pain
    • On one side
    • May travel or radiate to the groin, genitals, thigh
    • Severe
    • Spasms
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Frequent and urgent urination
  • Lump (mass) in the abdomen that can be felt
  • Ureterocele tissue falls down (prolapse) through the female urethra and into the vagina
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infection

Diagnosis & Tests

Large ureteroceles are usually diagnosed earlier than smaller ones. A ureterocele may be discovered before the baby is born (during a pregnancy ultrasound).

Some people with ureteroceles do not know they have the condition. Often, the diagnosis is made later in life due to kidney stones.

A urinalysis may reveal blood in the urine or signs of urinary tract infection.

The following tests may be performed:

  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • CT scan of the abdomen
  • Cystoscopy
  • Pyelogram
  • Radionuclide renal scan
  • Voiding cystourethrogram

Blood pressure may be high if there is kidney damage.

Pictures & Images

Female urinary tract


Review Date : 9/7/2008
Reviewed By : David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Louis S. Liou, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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