How are urachal abnormalities treated?
For patients with persistent wetness around the belly button area, the doctor can usually do a chemical cauterization, which involves putting a small amount of a chemical around the area. This usually helps it heal up within days. Sometimes the doctor will have the patient take antibiotics afterward as a precaution.
For patients who have fluid-filled cysts in the area of the urachus, antibiotics are usually very effective. Some patients also will need to have the fluid drained with a needle.
After that has healed, most patients will need surgery to remove the urachus and anything connected to it, such as the top of the bladder. Leaving urachal tissue behind increases a patient’s risk of developing cancer.