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Urachal fistula presenting as umbilical sepsis: A rare case in an adult male.

Hisham Hurreiz, Irshad Hussain, Ishraq Hamo

Med Sci Monit 2006; 12(5): CS44-47

ID: 450294

Published: 2006-05-01

Background: Urachal anomalies are rare normally presenting during childhood.They are difficult to diagnose and surgical treatment is always needed to prevent recurrence. Case Report:A 28 year old male presented with a red tender umbilical swelling that was confused with an umbilicalhernia. The correct diagnosis of a urachal fistula was reached after performing a CT scan. The patientwas initially treated with oral antibiotics and complete surgical excision of the fistulous tract wascarried out at a later stage after controlling the infection. Conclusions: Staged resection is the treatmentof choice in urachal anomalies associated with sepsis. Surgical excision of the urachal remnant is necessaryto prevent recurrence.

Keywords: Diagnosis, Differential, Adult, Fistula - surgery, Hernia, Umbilical - diagnosis, Humans, Male, Sepsis - diagnosis, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Umbilicus, Urachus - surgery