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What does term slightly increased cortical echogenicity of both kidneys means in an ultrasound test?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
"Slightly": increased echogenicity is a hedge. It means that the kidney tissue may be marginally brighter looking than normal on US. It could be normal. Truly increased echogenicity implies renal disease but is very nonspecific, there are a number of entities that could manifest that way. The finding must be interpreted in the context of your clinical picture to determine the significance, if any.

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