Retroperitoneal Fibrosis Quiz

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Caroline M. Doan, DO

Internal medicine

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Gastroenterology

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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is retroperitoneal fibrosis?

Retroperitoneal fibrosis occurs when inflammation and extensive fibrous (scar) tissue develops in the retroperitoneal space (the area behind the stomach, intestines, and other abdominal organs). Risk factors include asbestos exposure, smoking, tumor, infection, trauma, radiotherapy, surgery, and certain drugs.

Symptoms of retroperitoneal fibrosis

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Stomach feels bloated

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Loss of appetite

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Back pain

  • Low 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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