Inflammation of ureters

Author: Sean Williamson, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 6 September 2017, last major update May 2012

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PubMed Search: Ureters [title] inflammation

Cite this page: Williamson, S. Inflammation of ureters. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/uretersureterinflam.html. Accessed July 23rd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Associated with long standing chronic inflammation, similar to processes seen in the urinary bladder
  • Ureteritis cystica: fine cysts in mucosa composed of dilated von Brunn nests (lined by normal urothelium) with clear contents
  • Ureteritis follicularis: fine granular mucosa due to multiple lymphoid follicles
  • Ureteritis glandularis: usual type includes formation of cystic spaces similar to ureteritis cystica but with apical (glandular) orientation of the cytoplasm surrounding the lumen
  • Intestinal metaplasia: (or ureteritis glandularis intestinal type) includes true mucin producing goblet cells (risk of developing carcinoma has been proposed although controversial)
  • Granuloma inguinale: case report of extragenital granuloma inguinale presenting as a retroperitoneal mass resembling a soft tissue neoplasm and involving the ureter (Hum Pathol 1990;21:559)
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Ureteritis cystica