What Is Retroperitoneal Fibrosis?

Q:
What is retroperitoneal fibrosis?

A:
Retroperitoneal fibrosis occurs when excess fibrosis develops in the retroperitoneum. Retroperitoneum refers to the space behind the stomach and intestine. The fibrosis tissue may compress and block one or both of the ureters, and cause damage to the kidney.

If one gets retroperitoneal fibrosis, he may have symptoms like pain in the abdomen or back, leg swelling, poor appetite, poor weight gain and reduced urine production etc.

According to the statistics released by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, retroperitoneal fibrosis can occur at any age but most at age of 40-60. Besides, male is more likely to have the disease than female.

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