A 12-year-old boy with an infected ectopic ureter presenting with acute appendicitis-like symptoms and acute scrotum

Wei Yueh Chu, Teng Fu Tsao, Sung Lang Chen, Hung Ming Chang, Shan Ming Chen, Chih Yi Chen, Ko Huang Lue, Ji Nan Sheu

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An ectopic ureter draining into the seminal vesicle or vas deferens in males is a very rare anomaly and is usually associated with renal dysplasia or agenesis. An ectopic ureter associated with a dysplastic kidney is not usually a suspected cause during clinical evaluation of children with abdominal pain. This report presents a rare case of an ectopic ureter associated with a dysplastic kidney with an acute infection in a previously healthy 12-year-old boy, demonstrated by magnetic resonance imaging. He presented with abdominal pain that mimicked acute appendicitis-like symptoms which was subsequently complicated by epididymitis manifesting as an acute scrotum. Clinicians should consider including an ectopic ureter in the differential diagnosis of children presenting with acute abdomen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-211
Number of pages4
JournalScandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • Acute scrotum
  • Dysplastic kidney
  • Ectopic ureter
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Urology

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