The patient, Mr. J. S., aged 61, died of carcinoma of the intestines. Among the postmortem findings was the following anatomic anomaly of the genitourinary tract: The right kidney was small and undeveloped, the ureter non-patulous and truant, opening into the prostatic urethra instead of into the base of the bladder. The left kidney was somewhat larger than normal and evidently did the work of two in a satisfactory manner throughout life.
Had the right kidney been functionating and had this patient undergone a prostatectomy, the surgeon would have been confronted by a perplexing and perhaps serious condition.
The accompanying illustration represents, in a diagrammatie way, the comparative size of the kidneys and the relative position of the ureteral openings.