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Good outcome in prune-belly syndrome despite associated severe anomalies


A boy aged 4.5 years with prune-belly syndrome (PBS) and associated urethral stenosis, oligohydramnios, imperforate anus and vesicosigmoid fustula is described. In contrast to the anticipated poor prognosis, vesicostomy and divided transverse colostomy performed after birth followed by prophylaxis of infection and bicarbonate supplementation have resulted in a good outcome. The vesicosigmoid fistula might have served in utero as a “natural diversion” protecting from pressure-induced renal damage. It is suggested that the main determinant of prognosis in PBS is the presence and degree of kidney dysplasia at birth as reflected by the neonatal renal function after performance of an indicated urinary diversion procedure rather than the presence of severe associated anomalies.

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Correspondence to Israel Zelikovic.

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Supported in part by grants from the National Institute of Health AM 37223-01 and the Medical School and Graduate School Research Committees of the University of Wisconsin and a Research Career Development Award KO4 AM 00421 (RWC), by the Pearl M. Stetler Foundation (SD) and by a National Kidney Foundation fellowship (IZ)

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Zelikovic, I., Dabbagh, S., Friedman, A.L. et al. Good outcome in prune-belly syndrome despite associated severe anomalies. Pediatr Nephrol 2, 512–514 (1988).

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Key words

  • Prune-belly syndrome
  • Urethral stenosis
  • Oligohydramnios
  • Imperforate anus