Document Type

Case Report


Medical College Pakistan; Radiology


A 17-year-old female presented to our hospital complaining of bloody diarrhea 4-6 times per day for the past month. She was a known case of inflammatory bowel disease noncompliant to her medications. Abdominal computed tomography revealed an unusually dilated mass in the retroperitoneum at L2 vertebral level connecting the lumbar and left renal veins. The renal artery was visualized separately, and a diagnosis of communicating vein varicosity was made. This lesion can be misleading on imaging, hence our aim to disseminate our findings to practicing radiologists. The differential diagnosis of these lesions include retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy, renal artery aneurysms, and testicular cancers causing retroperitoneal lymphadenopathy. To our knowledge, this is the first case to be reported in association with inflammatory bowel disease, perhaps providing a novel insight into the pathogenesis of this lesion that has not been considered in the contemporary literature.

Publication (Name of Journal)

Radiology case reports

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