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International Journal of Radiology and Radiation Oncology
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Abdominal-Pelvic Masses in Geriatrics: A Report about 02 Cases Explored at the Computed Tomography (CT)

Kouame N1*, Bakary YN2, Manewa FS1, Gaimou BP1, Agoda AK2, Ngoan Domoua AM1 and N’gbesso RD1

1Department of Radiology, University Hospital of Yopougon, Abidjan 21 BP 632 21, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2Department of Radiology, Sylvanus Olympio. BP 57 Lome, Togo
*Corresponding author: Dr Kouame N, Senior lecturer in diagnostic radiology and medical imaging, University Felix Houphouet Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. 21 BP 2716 Abidjan 21, Tel: 22505190002; E-mail:
Received: 21 December, 2015 | Accepted: 08 January, 2016 | Published: 09 January, 2016
Keywords: Abdominal pelvic mass; Abdominal pelvic CT; Giant renal cyst; Bladder distention; Geriatrics

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Kouame N, Bakary YN, Manewa FS, Gaimou BPAgoda AK, et al. (2016) Abdominal-Pelvic Masses in Geriatrics: A Report about 02 Cases Explored at the Computed Tomography (CT). Int J Radiol Radiat Oncol 2: 001-003. DOI: 10.17352/ijrro.000009

Abdominal-pelvic masses are often described in children and make dread malignancy. In adults or in the elderly, these masses are less documented and are rarely bulky and therefore rarely the cause of abdominal pelvic distension. We report 02 cases of abdominal-pelvic masses encountered in subjects aged 76 and 91 years explored on the computed tomography (CT) with the aim to emphasize the contribution of CT in the diagnosis of large abdominal-pelvic masses in the elderly in sub Saharan Africa. The examinations performed on multi-detector scanners of Toshiba and General Electric’s brand were done without and after iodinated contrast medium injection. This was in both cases 02 large fluid masses with fine and regular walls measuring respectively 232 and 267mm in diameter. These masses that showed no malignancy was located in the left kidney for the first case making suggest the diagnosis of renal cyst type 2 of Bosniak (one thin partition). As for the second mass, it was a bladder distension on heterogeneous prostatic hypertrophy. The first patient underwent a cystectomy and a left security nephrectomy while the second, by a simple procedure of catheterization has found the solution to his mass. Large abdominal-pelvic masses in geriatrics are usually benign and of urologic origin. The scanner is a diagnostic support and allows the institution of a treatment that is sometimes banal as the setting of a urinary catheter.


Abdominal-pelvic masses are often described in children [1,2]. In adults or in the elderly, these masses are less bulky and are rarely documented and therefore they are rarely the cause of abdominal pelvic distension. Regardless of the age of discovery, the abdominal-pelvic masses make fear malignancy. They thus require the initiation of a very important diagnostic arsenal, sometimes abusive and costly condemning the less affluent patients to opt for traditional medicine which is unlikely even suicidal. Yet CT alone can be sufficient in our view to make the diagnosis and should be of easy indication in the elderly. We report 02 cases of abdominal pelvic masses of benign and/or mundane causes encountered in subjects aged 76 and 91 years explored on CT at the University Hospital of Yopougon (Ivory Coast) and at the University Hospital Sylvanius Olympio in Lomé ( Togo). Our objective was to insist on the contribution of the scanner in the diagnosis of large abdominal-pelvic masses in the elderly and to describe two causes of abdominal-pelvic mass in the elderly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Observation no 1

K is a76 year-old male patient. He was referred to the radiology department of the University Hospital Sylvanus Olympio to explore a large abdominal pelvic mass accompanied by left abdominal and lumbar pain in a context of anemia and high blood pressure. The CT scan was performed using a multi-cut unit of General Electrics. An abdominal pelvic acquisition in spontaneous contrast and another after iodinated contrast medium injection were performed. A large fluid mass (Figure 1) of 237 mm in diameter with a thin wall was highlighted in the left kidney. It presented a thin full partition. There was no contrast enhancement in the mass, wall or internal vegetation. The left kidney was rolled without dilatation of its excretory cavities and surrounding organ and vascular structures were repressed. The contralateral kidney was normal. The examination concluded that it was a giant renal cyst type 2 of Bosniak (Table 1). The patient underwent a cystectomy and a left nephrectomy. The pathological examination of the surgical specimen was in favor of benignancy.

Observation no 2

YKJ is a 91 year-old male patient with no history of known prostate adenoma. He was taken from his village to the emergency unit of the University Hospital of Yopougon in a context of abdominal distension and abdominal-pelvic pain associated with profuse sweating and hypertension. The clinical examination revealed a median large abdominal pelvic mass of elastic consistency. A CT scan is required by the emergency physician. It was performed using a Toshiba device with 64 strips with and without iodinated contrast injection. Computed tomography has objectified a large distended bladder (267 mm in diameter) on heterogeneous prostatic hypertrophy (Figure 2). The patient has simply benefited from the setting of a bladder catheter that solved his problem. He was then transferred to the urology department for treatment of his prostatic hypertrophy.


Abdominal-pelvic masses are more common in children [1]. Their causes are dominated by malignant tumors particularly nephroblastoma and neuroblastoma [3]. In the adult female, it is routinely met with voluminous abdominal-pelvic masses due to uterine fibroadenomas (the black race is an important risk factor) and large ovarian cysts [4-6]. In the adult male even in both sexes, apart from the voluminous splenomegalies of type IV, the masses that are large enough to be both abdominal and pelvic are rare. It is the same for the elderly. Our 02 patients were males. They are 76 and 91 years old and are therefore the elderly or geriatricians, given that the subject who is called geriatrician is the subject whose age exceeds 65 years, according to WHO, and 75 years according to some authors [7,8]. It is an age group marked by behavioral problems and slower ideation usually caused by brain deficiencies caused more by episodes of hypertension. Our 02 patients were known hypertensive persons. The CT indications were exploration of abdominal-pelvic masses. This is about fluid masses for which ultrasound diagnosis would have been easy had it not been their large size 237 and 267 mm in diameter. It is well known that ultrasound is not contributory when the mass is very large. The multislice scanner though very radiant appears as the best imaging method [9]. It allows to explore a large volume and do multiplanar reconstructions thus facilitating the diagnosis of large masses in the absence of MRI. With its spatial resolution superior to MRI [10] and the possibility to measure the densities and to study the vascular kinetics of masses, computed tomography is an excellent imaging examination for explorations in geriatrics. It helped to make organ diagnosis in both cases. In the first case, thanks to Bosniak classification [11], the giant renal cyst was suggested Benign and confirmed at pathology. In the second case, it was a distended bladder with a banal (catheterization) and immediate management. Both etiologies we report have in common the fact that they are of urological origin. Our observations are corroborated by the literature that describes the predominance of urological etiologies during the exploration of abdominal-pelvic masses [9,12], in the male subject.


Large abdominal-pelvic masses in geriatrics are usually benign and of urologic origin. The scanner diagnostic support and allows the initiation of a treatment sometimes banal as the setting of a urinary catheter. Indications of CT in geriatrics must be as wide as possible even in the absence of the possibility of iodinated contrast medium injection.

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