Unexpected Vesicoureteral Reflux Into a Nonfunctioning Transplant Kidney on Renal Scintigraphy

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Abstract

Vesicoureteral reflux after renal transplantation is associated with increase risk of urinary tract infections, renal scarring, and graft failure. We describe a case of a 46-year-old woman with 2 transplant kidneys, one functioning and another nonfunctioning, presenting with pelvic pain after a bilateral periureteral bulking procedure. Diuretic renography was performed to exclude iatrogenic ureteral obstruction. This showed a normally functioning transplant kidney without obstruction and subsequent vesicoureteral reflux into the collecting system of the nonfunctioning transplant kidney. This inadvertent indirect nuclear cystogram illustrates an unusual imaging presentation of a common disease process requiring further treatment.

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