Idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis: Less common cause of low back pain. Use of tamoxifen in the treatment of the diesease

Authors: P. Němec 1;  S. Rybníčková 2;  P. Fabian 3;  Z. Fojtík 4;  M. Souček 1
Authors‘ workplace: Revmatologická ambulance II. interní kliniky, Fakultní nemocnice u sv. Anny v Brně, Lékařská fakulta Masarykovy Univerzity, 2Oddělení radiologie Masarykův onkologický ústav, 3Oddělení patologie Masarykův onkologický ústav, 4Revmatologická ambulance Intern 1
Published in: Čes. Revmatol., 16, 2008, No. 1, p. 23-29.
Category: Case Report


Retroperitoneal fibrosis (RPF) is a rare inflammatory disease which is characterized by the development of a fibrous process that surrounds the major vessels and organs located within the retroperitoneum. About two-thirds of all cases of RPF are idiopathic and are thought to be immunological in origin. Diagnosis of RPF should be considered in patients with unexplained abdominal and low back pain and retroperitoneal lesions. We present a case report of 59-year-old white male with idiopathic RPF with history of low back pain and weight loss as only symptoms, treated by tamoxifen, corticosteroids, and by insertion of JJ endoureteric catheters due to the obstruction of the upper urinary tract.

Key words:
low back pain, retroperitoneal fibrosis, tamoxifen, treatment


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