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Zinner syndrome: a rare diagnosis in infancy
  1. Joanne Michelle Oida Rose1,
  2. Ravi Banthia1,2,
  3. Zain Tamboli2 and
  4. Hira Lal3
  1. 1Urology, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, Coventry, UK
  2. 2Urology and Renal Transplantation, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  3. 3Radiodiagnosis, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hira Lal; hiralal2007{at}


We present a case of Zinner syndrome (ZS), where we were fortunate to diagnose a child with this rare syndrome immediately after birth. Gross hydronephrosis was observed during the prenatal period on ultrasound, and further imaging after birth confirmed the presence of a multicystic dysplastic kidney and seminal vesicle cyst. The majority of cases of ZS is asymptomatic; however, symptoms relating to urination, ejaculation or infertility may present later on in life and so regular follow-up is required to ensure interventions can be carried out if such symptoms do occur.

  • Urology
  • Paediatrics
  • Radiology

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  • Contributors This report was supervised by HL, he conceived the manuscript and provided MRI and voiding cystourethrogram images. RB, ZT and JMOR prepared the manuscript. Consent was taken by RB. JMOR did editing and grammer check . HL and JMOR reviewed the manuscript. The final draft was read and approved by all authors.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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