Pediatric Nephrology

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 467–470 | Cite as

Foreign body in the bladder mimicking nephritis

  • Marcus R. BenzEmail author
  • Maximilian Stehr
  • Birgit Kammer
  • Judith Glöckner-Pagel
  • Julia Höfele
  • Rudolf Eife
  • Lutz T. Weber
Brief Report


Cases of foreign bodies in the bladder self-inserted via urethra are not rare in childhood. Urinary tract infection, dysuria, lower abdominal pain, or haematuria with and without pain are common symptoms. We report on a 11-year-old boy with accidentally detected microscopic haematuria, proteinuria and leukocyturia. Because of increasing proteinuria up to 2330 mg/g creatinine and elevated antistreptolysin titre glomerulonephritis was suspected. However, some echogenic material was detected in the bladder by ultrasound. X-ray of the pelvis showed a 30 cm long tube projecting onto the bladder. The boy then admitted having had inserted a plastic tube into the urethra two years ago. The foreign body was removed cystoscopically. Four weeks after cystoscopy erythrocyturia, leucoyturia and proteinuria had disappeared. We state that symptoms of a local inflammation caused by a foreign body in the bladder can imitate the symptoms of nephritis.


Foreign body Bladder Nephritis Haematuria Proteinuria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcus R. Benz
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maximilian Stehr
    • 2
  • Birgit Kammer
    • 3
  • Judith Glöckner-Pagel
    • 1
  • Julia Höfele
    • 1
  • Rudolf Eife
    • 1
  • Lutz T. Weber
    • 1
  1. 1.Pediatric Nephrology, Dr. von Haunersches KinderspitalLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMünchenGermany
  2. 2.Pediatric Surgery, Dr. von Haunersches KinderspitalLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMünchenGermany
  3. 3.Pediatric Radiology, Dr. von Haunersches KinderspitalLudwig-Maximilians-Universität MünchenMünchenGermany

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