Huge anterior sacral meningocele simulating bladder retention

Emanuele Castelli, Rodolfo Rosso, Giuliana Leucci, Vincenzo Luparello, Devis Collura, Alessandro Giacobbe, Giovanni Muto

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Anterior sacral meningocele (ASM) is a rare congenital disorder involving herniation of the dural sac through a defect in the anterior surface of the sacrum. We report the case of a young patient with an enormous ASM that simulated bladder retention in terms of symptoms as well as on physical examination and at ultrasonography. After introducing a catheter that excluded urinary retention, computed tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed the ASM. The patient underwent surgical repair of the ASM through a sacral laminectomy and recovered normal lower urinary tract function.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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Castelli, E., Rosso, R., Leucci, G., Luparello, V., Collura, D., Giacobbe, A., & Muto, G. (2013). Huge anterior sacral meningocele simulating bladder retention. Urology, 81(2).