MRI of congenital urethroperineal fistula
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We present the MRI features of a congenital urethroperineal fistula diagnosed in a 12-year-old boy being evaluated after a single urinary tract infection. This diagnosis was initially suggested by voiding cystourethrogram and confirmed by MRI. Imaging revealed an abnormal fluid-filled tract arising from the posterior urethra and tracking to the perineal skin surface that increased in size during micturition. Surgical resection and histopathological evaluation of the abnormal tract confirmed the diagnosis of congenital urethroperineal fistula. MRI played important roles in confirming the diagnosis and assisting surgical planning.
KeywordsCongenital urethroperineal fistula Voiding cystourethrogram MRI Urethral duplication
This paper is based on the 2010 Caffey Award for Best Poster, 1st place case report.