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Case Reports in Urology
Volume 2013, Article ID 571395, 3 pages
Case Report

A Rare Cause of Urachal Adenocarcinoma: Urachal Diverticle

1Department of Urology, Faculty of Medicine, Başkent University, Hocacihan Mahallesi Saray Caddesi No. 1, Selcuklu, 42080 Konya, Turkey
2Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Başkent University, 42080 Konya, Turkey
3Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Başkent University, 42080 Konya, Turkey

Received 19 December 2012; Accepted 4 January 2013

Academic Editors: A. Goel, A. Greenstein, and J. Park

Copyright © 2013 Tufan Çiçek 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.


Urachus is the remnant of the embryologic allantois and the fetal bladder, extending form the bladder roof to the umbilicus. It degenerates in the prenatal period into a tissue band known as the median umbilical ligament. Incomplete degeneration may lead to urachal diverticle development. It is difficult to diagnose unless it is considered in differential diagnosis and imaging modalities are employed. This paper describes a patient treated with partial cystectomy for urachal diverticle, and the pathologic examination revealed urachal adenocarcinoma.