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Ureteric stricture secondary to unusual extension of prostatic adenocarcinoma
Divisions of Urology and Surgical Oncology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
Feb  2010 (Vol.  17, Issue  1, Pages( 5031 - 5034)
PMID: 20156388


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  • This article describes an unusual finding in a patient who presented with an adenocarcinoma of the prostate and right hydronephrosis. A 68-year-old male presented with right hydronephrosis and a PSA of 96. DRE was consistent with cT3 carcinoma. Cystoscopy showed an exophytic superficial transitional cell carcinoma (TCC) of the bladder and a transrectal biopsy of the prostate confirmed adenocarcinoma Gleason score 4+3. Staging investigations (CT pelvis and bone scan) were negative; androgen deprivation therapy was therefore initiated for the prostatic adenocarcinoma. Upper tract imaging showed multiple filling defects in the proximal ureter. Ureteroscopy showed a stricture at the level of the iliac vessels. With a working diagnosis of upper tract TCC, right open nephroureterectomy was performed. Final histology showed prostatic adenocarcinoma infiltrating the adventitia of the entire ureter up to the level of the renal pelvis. A rare cause of ureteric stricture, contiguous spread of prostatic adenocarcinoma, should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with upper tract obstruction and a known history of prostatic adenocarcinoma. Androgen deprivation therapy for several months did not seem to cause resolution of the tumor in the periureteric, ureteric and perihilar tissues.