Prune Belly Syndrome (Eagle Barrett Syndrome)

Prune Belly Syndrome (PBS), also known as Eagle-Barrett Syndrome, is a rare condition characterized by common or complete absence of the abdominal muscles, failure of both testes to descend into the scrotum and urinary tract malformations.

Bladders of Prune-Belly patients are normal or enlarged in size but often empty poorly. Patients may also experience abnormalities in their ureters and urethra. Renal failure is also common in Prune-Belly patients, possibly in part due to reflux and infection. Patients with a history of undescended testes should also see a urologist for a fertility evaluation.

The Northwestern Medicine Congenital Urology Program provides comprehensive treatment and continuous care for patients with prune belly syndrome.

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