Primary ureteral tumors are uncommon or infrequent, but can no longer be considered the rare clinical entities they were formerly thought to be. Improved diagnostic techniques and an awareness on the part of the physician are the most important factors contributing to the increased reports of primary ureteral tumors in the literature.
A case of primary ureteral carcinoma will be presented, in addition to a brief review of the salient features of this disease entity.
History and Nature
Rayer was the first to report a case, in 1842. In 1878, Wising and Blix confirmed their case by microscopic sections. The first case diagnosed prior to surgery was credited to Albarran in 1902. Since that time, numerous cases have been collected from the literature. The most extensive recent review of the literature was done by Abeshouse in 1956,1 at which time he collected 197 cases and added 12 of his
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