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What does a left renal agenesis mean?

What does a left renal agenesis mean?

Absent left kidney: Means that the left kidney failed to develop, so there is only a right kidney present. Most people can lead a perfectly normal life with one kidney. They should avoid excess protein in their diet and minimize salt intake (good advice for everyone). ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Ataxia (Definition)

Ataxia means movements without coordination. People with ataxia have incoordination because the parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are not working properly. Ataxia can be associated with infections, injuries, or degenerative changes in the central nervous system. Ataxias may be hereditary ...Read more


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How is a renal agenesis diagnosed usually?

How is a renal agenesis diagnosed usually?

Fetal ultrasound.: Bilateral fetal renal agenesis is a lethal condition also known as potter's sequence. This should be detectable by prenatal ultrasound by 20 weeks of pregnancy as evidenced by absent bladder/stomach bubbles, anhydramnios and lung hypoplasia. The latter kills the newborn before renal failure sets in. ...Read more

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In what way is a renal agenesis diagnosed?

In what way is a renal agenesis diagnosed?

Often by accident: The availability of ultrasound has increased the likelihood that an abdominal study done for an unrelated issue will pick up renal agenesis or other malformation. I suggest the study for first degree relatives of a person with such renal defects as their risk increases to 1/50 from the 1/500 of the general population.It might also be found when evaluating a kidney issue, like recurrent uti's. ...Read more

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My 6 mo has unilateral renal agenesis and grade 4 reflux causing Hydrouereteronephrosis. Is antibiotic prophylaxis necessary in his case?

My 6 mo has unilateral renal agenesis and grade 4 reflux causing Hydrouereteronephrosis. Is antibiotic prophylaxis necessary in his case?

Probably: The use of antibiotic prophylaxis is a very debated subject in pediatrics & pediatric urology currently. Given the age of the child, I think most physicians would. I'd follow the recommendations of his doctor, since he/she knows him best. ...Read more

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Would someone with unilateral renal agenesis have a good quality of life?

Would someone with unilateral renal agenesis have a good quality of life?

Possibly: Many without a kidney go though a normal life and never know it. Renal anomalies occur in ~1/500 persons, and up to 1/50 of those related to one with a defect. As long as the person has no events that damage or infect this organ, they can live well with only one. If discover this by chance, i encourage the person to stop riding horses ; make other lifestyle choices to protect the organ. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the life expectancy for people with unilateral renal agenesis?

Please help! what is the life expectancy for people with unilateral renal agenesis?

Depends on variables: As long as there are no additional issues this will have no significant impact on lifespan. This is why we can give a kidney to a sibling/spouse/stranger and not suffer long term effects. ...Read more

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What are the short and long term risks in a newborn with unilateral renal agenesis?

What are the short and long term risks in a newborn with unilateral renal agenesis?

No problem: Many people go through life with this defect and never know they had it.We only need one as long as it stays healthy. I counsel people to avoid sports or activities that would put the remaining kidney at risk.In the us that includes contact sports, horse riding etc. ...Read more

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3 m/o w/unilateral renal agenesis, bilat syndactyly of toes 3-4, seizures, failure to thrive, no muscle tone, low ears, heterotopia. Not SLOS. ideas?

3 m/o w/unilateral renal agenesis, bilat syndactyly of toes 3-4, seizures, failure to thrive, no muscle tone, low ears, heterotopia. Not SLOS. ideas?

What did the : Chromosomal Microarray reveal ? This is a baby for whom a team of "medical home " pediatrician, pediatric neurologist, geneticist, developmental/behavioral pediatrician, audiologist, pediatric ophthalmologist Early Intervention therapists & a medical social worker/case manager & more is needed to assure funding, services, & family support for accurate diagnosis & management. ...Read more

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Can dysthymia ever be so severe as to involve noticeable psychomotor retardation?

Can dysthymia ever be so severe as to involve noticeable psychomotor retardation?

By definition...: ...Psychomotor retardation is the slowing down of thoughts and physical actions. If dysthymia were to become so severe as to be associated with significant psychomotor retardation, i would think rather of a major depression. But it's true that one might have pmr and not exceed the dysthymia criteria--going by the book alone. ...Read more

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Do I have psychomotor retardation if I can't type fast when sleepy?

Do I have psychomotor retardation if I can't type fast when sleepy?

No: Psychomotor retardation is a very specific state that is associated with, for example, serious depression. One's thought processes and physical actions become abnormally slowed down ("retardation", an old-fashioned term). It might take 30 seconds to nanswer a question such as "what is your name?". ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Loss Of Coordination (Definition)

Loss of coordination is a symptom in which some parts of a person's body should but do not work together in a coordinated way. One example is when several muscles move in an uncoordinated manner, ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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Psychomotor Retardation (Definition)

Psychomotor retardation is a symptom in which a person has slowing of physical activity such as movements and speech, with the cause being a psychological or neurological ...Read more