What is it?

The urachus is a structure which connects the fetus’s bladder to the umbilical cord during the first trimester of pregnancy. During the thirds trimester, it seals off and becomes the umbilical ligament. A urachal cyst is a sac of fluid which accumulates between the bladder and the umbilicus, which is formed in the fetal remnant of the urachus.
If the urachus does not close up as it normally should,a cyst or a sinus may develop. In most of the cases, people don’t know they have it because it does not cause any symptoms. If it gets infected, it requires medical attention.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Urachal cyst

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms appear only when the urachal cyst gets infected. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, abdominal mass, fever, vomiting, fatigue, pain during urination, urinary tract infection and bloody urine.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include imaging tests.


Treatment

Treatment for urachal cyst infections may include antibiotics and sometimes it has to be removed surgically.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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