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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is retroperitoneal fibrosis?

Retroperitoneal fibrosis or Ormond's disease occurs when excess fibrous (scar) tissue develops in the space behind the stomach and intestine called the retroperitoneal area. Risk factors include asbestos exposure, smoking, tumor , infection, trauma, radiotherapy, surgery, and certain drugs.

Symptoms related to retroperitoneal fibrosis

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Loss of appetite

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Low back pain

  • Back pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for retroperitoneal fibrosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose retroperitoneal fibrosis

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you feel that your abdomen (stomach) is bloated or has a lot of gas?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

  • Have you noticed your eyes or skin are turning yellow?

Treatment for retroperitoneal fibrosis

Anti-inflammatory medication, surgery and other procedures can help treat Retroperitoneal fibrosis.

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