Current diagnosis and management of urachal remnants

Jessica A. Naiditch, Jayant Radhakrishnan, Anthony C. Chin*

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Purpose The purposes of this study are to review our experience with patients who were found to have urachal remnants. We discuss their diagnosis and management and we also evaluate post-operative complications in our cohort of patients with this entity. Methods We performed a retrospective review of all patients diagnosed with a urachal remnant (UR) between January 2006 and December 2010. Patient variables included age, gender, presenting symptoms and signs, diagnostic modality, and type of urachal remnant. Operative management, post-operative complications, and non-operative follow-up were abstracted. Results We identified 103 pediatric patients with either a urachal cyst (n = 38), urachal diverticulum (n = 13), urachal sinus (n = 11), patent urachus (n = 21), or a non-specific atretic urachal remnant (n = 20). Seventy-eight patients had symptomatic URs. Thirty-four symptomatic patients underwent surgical excision of the UR and 44 symptomatic patients were observed. Eighteen URs were incidentally diagnosed in asymptomatic patients, none of whom underwent surgical excision. In 7 patients symptoms could not be determined from the records. No patients with non-specific atretic remnants were operated upon. Nineteen of the observed patients were reimaged subsequently. In fifteen (78.9%) of these patients, the URs had resolved spontaneously. None of the patients who were observed required subsequent excision of the UR. Post-operative complications occurred in 14.7% of patients in whom URs were excised. Conclusion Review of our patients diagnosed with URs indicates there is a subset of patients in whom spontaneous resolution could be expected. Complications are not uncommon after surgical excision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2148-2152
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of pediatric surgery
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013


  • Patent urachus
  • Umbilical discharge
  • Urachal cyst
  • Urachal diverticulum
  • Urachal remnant
  • Urachal sinus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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