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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

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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.

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