The subcapsular C sign: a rare radiographic finding associated with neonatal urinary ascites

J. M. Barry, J. M. Anderson, C. V. Hodges

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An infant with urinary ascites owing to obstructing posterior urethral valves had a subcapsular urinoma. The subcapsular urinary collection was documented surgically and resulted in a rare radiographic finding, the subcapsular C sign that is easily differentiated from the P sign of extracapsular urinary extravasation. The solute concentration gradients in the urine, subcapsular urinoma, ascites and serum plus the absence of a renal capsule urine leak suggested that the renal capsule and perirenal fascia functioned as a semipermeable membrane, permitting movement of solvent and solute into the peritoneal cavity where equilibrium with the spleen occurred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)836-839
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Urology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1974


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  • Urology

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