Necroturia with acute urinary retention: a rare presentation of bilateral Wilms’ tumour

  • T.T. Ibiyeye
  • A.A. Abolarinwa
  • R.I. Osuoji
Keywords: Bilateral Wilms’, Tumour, Necroturia, Acute urinary retention


Background: Wilms’ tumour is one of the most common solid abdominal tumours in children in sub-Saharan Africa. Most cases present with an asymptomatic abdominal mass. We report a 2 year old male child who presented with acute urinary retention of 6 hours duration. He had a left flank mass and ascites, with a piece of necrotic tissue protruding from the urethral meatus. The urinary retention was relieved by manual removal of the necrotic tissue and passage of a Foley’s urethral catheter. Abdominal ultrasound and computed tomographic scan revealed bilateral Wilms’ tumour.The child commenced neoadjuvant chemotherapy and he has made significant improvement.

Conclusion: This is a rare mode of presentation of bilateral Wilms’ tumour which presented with a diagnostic dilemma. The need to palpate the abdomen of children who come to the hospital, cannot be over-emphasized.

Keywords: Bilateral Wilms’, Tumour; Necroturia, Acute urinary retention


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