Delayed hydronephrosis due to retroperitoneal hematoma after a seatbelt injury: A case report

Tetsuya Yumoto, Yoshitaka Kondo, Kento Kumon, Yoshihisa Masaoka, Takao Hiraki, Taihei Yamada, Hiromichi Naito, Atsunori Nakao

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Rationale: Hydronephrosis caused by retroperitoneal hematoma after a seatbelt injury is a unique clinical entity. Patient concerns: A 21-year-old man, who had been wearing a seatbelt, was brought to our hospital after a motor vehicle collision, complaining of abdominal pain. Computed tomography (CT) revealed retroperitoneal hematoma in the upper pelvic region. Since he was hemodynamically stable throughout admission, he was managed conservatively. Seventeen days after initial discharge, the patient revisited our emergency department due to right back pain. Diagnoses: CT scans indicated retroperitoneal hematoma growth resulting in hydronephrosis of the right kidney. Interventions: Laparoscopic drainage of the retroperitoneal hematoma was successfully performed. Outcomes: His symptoms resolved after the surgery. Follow-up CT scans three months later demonstrated complete resolution of the hydronephrosis and retroperitoneal hematoma. Lessons: Our case highlights a patient with delayed hydronephrosis because of retroperitoneal hematoma expansion after a seatbelt injury.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere11022
JournalMedicine (United States)
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2018


  • blunt abdominal trauma
  • hydronephrosis
  • retroperitoneal hematoma
  • seatbelt injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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