Grand Journal of Urology
E-ISSN : 2757-7163

Anuria in a Child Secondary to Rupture due to Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction in a Solitary Functioning Kidney Following Trivial Trauma: An Incidental Finding
Saurabh Kumar Negi1, Sandip Desai1, Gaurav Faujdar1, Somendra Bansal1, Shivam Priyadarshi1
1Department of Urology, Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, SMS Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
DOI : 10.5505/GJU.2023.80775
Pages : 124-125


Pediatric kidneys are more susceptible to trauma due to poor protective mechanisms due to immature and more pliable thoracic cage, weak abdominal wall musculature and inadequate perirenal fat. Ureteropelvic junction obstruction (UPJO) is one of the most frequently found renal anomaly, and pelvicalyceal (PCS) rupture is a rare presentation whose diagnosis may be delayed due to lack of hematuria and unnoticed trauma. We present a case of child with PCS rupture in solitary functioning right kidney following trivial trauma.

A 6 -year- old male child was referred with complaint of abdominal pain with anuria for 2 days after a small fight with a close friend. Physical examination findings were as follows: abdominal distension with fullness in the right renal fossa, stable vitals, and lack of any urine output on catherization, while he had lower hemoglobin (11.6 mg/dl), and higher serum creatinine (1.8 mg/dl) levels. Whole abdominal ultrasound demonstrated grossly hydronephrotic right kidney with large perinephric fluid collection, absence of left kidney, and empty bladder. Contrast Enhanced Computed Tomography (CECT) of the whole abdomen demonstrated right PCS rupture: grossly dilated right PCS with large perinephric fluid collection extending to the pelvis, absence of the left kidney (Figure 1). Right side USG- guided percutaneous nephrostomy (PCN) was performed under general anesthesia and immediately after 500 ml clear urine was drained. While 24 hrurine output reached up to 1000ml, and serum creatinine levels normalized 3 days later. After 6 weeks, repeat CT urography revealed the diagnosis of right UPJO. Then the patient underwent open Anderson- Hynes dismembered pyeloplasty (Figure 2).

Figure 1. A-B: Abdominal CECT during initial presentation just after trauma

Figure 2. C-D: Follow- up CT urography 6 weeks after trauma E: Intraoperative picture of ureteropelvic junction

Most children with grade IV/V renal injury following blunt trauma can be managed nonoperatively [1]. Kidneys are affected in 8-10% of the cases exposed to blunt abdominal trauma which is seen twice more commonly in children. Trivial trauma leading to PCS rupture is a rare presentation. This is more common in children with hydronephrotic kidney mostly due to UPJO. High level of suspicion is required as occasionally it manifests minimal symptoms so its diagnosis is delayed. Our patient presented as a case of emergency within 2 days after the traumatic incident due to solitary functioning kidney with anuria. DJ stenting and PCN insertion are appropriate options for these patients in emergency situation. Sometimes these patients may present with hemodynamic instability requiring immediate exploration. Judicious and early use of minimally invasive interventions, instead of persisting with nonoperative management improve functional outcomes [2].


Symptoms of PCS ruptures are not specific and can mimic several other conditions. So, early recognition with USG and CT scan imaging is a must for diagnosis. PCN insertion or double-J stenting helps restore the normal excretory functions of the urinary tract and resolves urinary extravasation.

Ethics Committee Approval: N / A.

Informed Consent: An informed consent was obtained from the patient.

Publication: The results of the study were not published in full or in part in form of abstracts.

Peer-review: Externally and internally peer-reviewed. Authorship Contributions: Any contribution was not made by any individual not listed as an author. Concept – S.K.N., S.D.; Design – S.K.N., S.D.; Supervision – S.K.N., S.P.; Resources – G.F., S.B.; Materials – G.F., S.B.; Data Collection and/or Processing – S.K.N., G.F., S.B.; Analysis and/or Interpretation – S.K.N., G.F., S.B.; Literature Search – G.F., S.B.; Writing – S.K.N., S.D.; Critical Review – S.K.N., S.P.

Conflict of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Financial Disclosure: The authors declare that this study received no financial support.

Keywords : trauma, ureteropelvic junction obstruction, anuria, percutaneous nephrostomy, pyeloplasty

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