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Case Reports in Urology
Volume 2012, Article ID 728531, 4 pages
Case Report

Crossed Renal Ectopia without Fusion—An Unusual Cause of Acute Abdominal Pain: A Case Report

Diagnostic Radiology Department, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Private Bag 7, Congella, Durban 4013, South Africa

Received 11 August 2012; Accepted 18 September 2012

Academic Editors: P. H. Chiang, J. G. Lee, M. Maffezzini, and J. Park

Copyright © 2012 D. P. Ramaema et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. Crossed renal ectopia is a congenital anomaly which usually goes unnoticed as most cases are asymptomatic. The majority, 90% of these are fused. Case Presentation. We report an unusual presentation of a case of crossed renal ectopia without fusion. Our patient is a 16-year-old adolescent male, previously fit and healthy, who presented with acute onset of abdominal pain. The clinical suspicion was that of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Computed tomography with intravenous contrast revealed nonfused crossed renal ectopia. Conclusion. Although renal ectopia is an uncommon cause of acute abdominal pain, there should be an index of clinical suspicion in previously healthy individuals presenting with acute abdominal pain.