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Case Reports in Urology
Volume 2013, Article ID 257969, 3 pages
Case Report

About a Case Report of Giant Hydronephrosis

Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Cantabria, Servicio de Urología, Avenida Valdecilla No. 25, Santander, 39008 Cantabria, Spain

Received 25 June 2013; Accepted 18 August 2013

Academic Editors: A. Greenstein, T. J. Murtola, and J. Park

Copyright © 2013 Enrique Mediavilla 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. Our objective is to report a case of an infrequent entity as the giant hydronephrosis. Case Report. We report the case of an 82-syear-old male referred for a poor general condition. A radiological study revealed a great left hydronephrosis secondary to an urothelial carcinoma. The patient died due to his poor general condition. A histological diagnosis revealed a transitional cell carcinoma of renal pelvis and ureter and atrophic renal parenchyma. Conclusion. Giant hydronephrosis represents a very often entity to be taken into account in cases with big cystic abdominal masses in absence of unilateral or bilateral kidney. Simple nephrectomy is the treatment of choice in most cases. Nevertheless, in cases of nonsubsidiary surgery, percutaneous drainage may be necessary.