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Urachal cyst


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Your Question

My stepson just found out he has a urachal cyst and his urologist told him it can become urachal cancer.  Can a urachal cyst turn into urachal cancer?  Would removing the cyst prevent him from getting the cancer?

Our Answer

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Can a urachal cyst cause urachal cancer?

Yes, a urachal cyst can become urachal cancer, but this is a rare occurrence.[1][2]  One research study showed that urachal cancer was not found in any children with urachal cysts; however, 25% of adults with urachal cysts were found to have urachal cancer.  The authors of this study suggested that the longer the urachal cyst remained in the body, the greater the chance it could become cancerous.[2]
Last updated: 3/11/2013

How might a urachal cyst be treated?

It is generally recommended that a urachal cyst be removed by surgery.  There is a chance that a urachal cyst can develop into a cancer if it stays in the body, but removing the cyst prevents this.  Typically, no additional treatments should be necessary following surgery for a urachal cyst.[1][2]
Last updated: 3/11/2013

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