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Paraureteric space post-ureteric re-implantation: a rare cause of small bowel obstruction


A female patient in her 80s presented with a 2-day history of abdominal pain and absolute constipation, having previously undergone a robotic left distal ureterectomy with ureteric re-implantation. CT revealed a closed-loop small bowel obstruction with transition point adjacent to the left ureter and resultant upstream hydronephrosis. An emergency laparotomy revealed small bowel herniation into a paraureteric space created by her previous surgery and defined by the distal ureter medially, the common iliac vessels laterally and the mobilised bladder dome anteriorly. The viable small bowel was reduced, and the space was eliminated by omental flap transposition after omentoplasty. The patient made a full recovery. Preoperative diagnosis of such an unusual cause of internal herniation can be challenging. This very rarely reported case raises awareness of the condition and proposes a treatment strategy.

  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • General surgery
  • Urological surgery
  • Urological cancer

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