Discussion of Prune-belly syndrome
- AKA Eagle-Barrett syndrome and triad syndrome.
- Prune-belly syndrome is a specific constellation of anomalies consisting of three major findings associated with a number of other respiratory, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular anomalies.
- Lax abdominal wall that results from the absence of rectus muscles.
- Bilateral, nonpalpable undescended testes.
- Abnormal urinary tract characterized by tortuous, dilated ureters; a megalocystic, dilated prostatic urethra; and renal dysmorphism.
- Prune-belly syndrome occurs almost exclusively in males, with only occasional female involvement being recorded
- The condition is of unknown etiology.
 Imaging Findings for Prune-belly syndrome
- At US, dilated and tortuous ureters with bilateral hydronephrosis are common findings, and kidneys usually show varying degrees of dysplasia and, sometimes, cystic changes.
- VCUG is used to demonstrate a large, elongated bladder with an irregular contour and bilateral vesicoureteral reflux. A urachal diverticulum is frequently present.
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 References for Prune-belly syndrome
- Teresa Berrocal, Pedro López-Pereira, Antonia Arjonilla, and Julia Gutiérrez. Anomalies of the Distal Ureter, Bladder, and Urethra in Children: Embryologic, Radiologic, and Pathologic Features. RadioGraphics 2002 22: 1139-1164.