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A 34-year-old female asked:

Recently had a abdominal ct scan done and when i got my results back i noticed where it gives a description of my kidneys it states symmetric renal enhancement. what does this mean? it does not state if its bilateral or unilateral?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 55 years experience
"Symmetric" refers to the appearance of both kidneys (i.e., bilateral).
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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
You had a CT scan with IV contrast (dye) so the dye was excreted by both kidneys. Symmetric renal enhancement means the dye was equally excreted by both kidneys and that is a good finding. The term "enhancement" is used when the dye lights up the excretory components of the kidney.
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Last updated Feb 19, 2022

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