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Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys, will this cause any complications?

Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys, will this cause any complications?

Maybe: If baby has polycystic kidneys, need to have a higher level us to screen for other abnormalities. Hard to say if kidneys are functioning well until after birth.

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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My mother in law has enlarged kidneys is this normal? And what causes enlarged kidneys she's 64 years old

My mother in law has enlarged kidneys is this normal? And what causes enlarged kidneys she's 64 years old

Enlarged kidneys: Enlarged kidneys (ek) are usually seen in patients with glomerulonephritis. Patients with diabetes can also have large kidneys. Has your mother discussed her finding with the physician who ordered the ultrasound finding her ek? If not, she should. If she has, speak to her about the topic of her conversation.

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Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys on scan. What to do next?

Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys on scan. What to do next?

Pre or postnatal US?: Kidneys are occasionally generous in their size on a prenatal ultrasound and revert to normal by 2 wks. When this is detected in pregnancy, I generally do another study @ 2 wks if I will be following the child or after birth if they plan to move to another town or dr. A post natal study is more accurate & can define more precisely if there are issues like a backup of urine in a ureter.

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Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys. Boy. Should he see someone after birth?

Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys. Boy. Should he see someone after birth?

Yes: This should absolutely be reevaluated after birth. That does not mean that the baby will necessarily have problems.

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What kinds of disorders are associated with enlarged kidneys on a fetal ultrasound?

What kinds of disorders are associated with enlarged kidneys on a fetal ultrasound?

Several.: Trisomy 18/13, polycystic renal disease, multicystic dysplastic kidney disease, renal tumors (mesoblastic nephroma) are all possibilities. Expert mfm advice and serial sonography are required.

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I have stage 4 cirrhoses & enlarged kidneys. Recent test showed my Leukocyte Esterase of 500. What does this mean?

I assume you mean: A urine test for leukocyte esterase. This is a test to suggest the possibility of a urinary tract infection. An elevated level is more consistent with an infection than not.

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What cause kidneys to enlarged?

What cause kidneys to enlarged?

Possibilities: Bilateral hydronephrosis, acute nephritis, bilateral renal cysts, diabetes mellitus, leukemia, lymphoma, amyloidosis, bilateral renal vein thrombosis, etc.

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What causes kidneys to enlarge?

What causes kidneys to enlarge?

Many reasons: An enlarged kidney can be caused by many reasons. One sided enlargement may be related to an anatomic issue blocking the ureter like a kidney stone, or even a mass. When both kidneys are enlarged this can occur related to blockage caused by kidney stones, or an enlarged prostate, diseases such as diabetes or polycystic kidney disease, inflammatory diseases etc. There are many reasons.

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What can cause an enlarged kidney?

What can cause an enlarged kidney?

Several things:: Blockage of the ureter (e.g. Stones, tumors, valves) can lead to accumulation of fluid in the urinary space, leading to the most common form of enlargement called hydronephrosis. Severe urine reflux from the bladder can cause this as well. The organ itself can be enlarged in inflammation, such as a kidney infection; infiltration by cancer; or if there is a large or multiple kidney cysts.

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What causes kidneys to be enlarged?

What causes kidneys to be enlarged?

Diabetes most common: But other conditions like cystic kidney diseases can occur. The majority of kidney diseases cause your kidneys to shrink.

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What could cause an enlarged kidney?

What could cause an enlarged kidney?

Diabetes, PKD etc: Diabetes, PKD, and any situation where the other kidney is not working and therefore the one which is working becomes larger to take the extra work.

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What is a common cause for an enlarged kidney?

What is a common cause for an enlarged kidney?

HYDRONEPHROSIS: A swollen kidney typically is due to a backflow or sluggish through flow out of it and into the bladder. Kidney stones/ bladder area blockage/massive prostate size and of course tumors are the most common causes. Usually your other kidney keeps things going until over burdened. This can cause kidney failure or significant irreversible damage.

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What causes an enlarged kidney so large I can feel it poking out of my abdomen?

What causes an enlarged kidney so large I can feel it poking out of my abdomen?

See below: Most common cause of such enlarged kidneys is polycystic kidney disease, this is a inherited condition. It is important to seee a doctor and check your blood pressure as high blood presssure invariably accompanies this disorder.

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I was told a cyst on my left kidney grew 11mm over the last 5yrs. Should this need to be removed, is that painful? Can it cause stones?

I was told a cyst on my left kidney grew 11mm over the last 5yrs. Should this need to be removed, is that painful? Can it cause stones?

Investigate: Usually if it is a "simple cyst" (i.e. With no signs of cancer), and does not hurt or cause bleeding or uti, a cyst does not need to be removed and can be watched with serial imaging over time.

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Should a 53 yom be concerned because of an enlarged gallbladder? What could cause an enlarged gallbladder? High uric acid levels gout and kidney stns

Should a 53 yom be concerned because of an enlarged gallbladder? What could cause an enlarged gallbladder? High uric acid levels gout and kidney stns

Not by itself: An enlarged gallbladder by itself is not necessarily concerning unless associated with intermittent bouts of cholecystitis. High uric acid levels may be associated with gout.

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What causes an enlarged kidney and kidney stones?

What causes an enlarged kidney and kidney stones?

Obstruction.: A kidney that is obstructed by a kidney stone can swell in a condition called hydronephrosis. This can, over time, affect the function of the kidney. Kidney stones can form when solutes in the urine come out of solution. The exact cause in an individual is usually not known, but there is likely a genetic component and known risk factors such as dehydration, high-salt, high-protein diet.

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What could be the possible cause to having an enlarged spleen and kidneys?

What could be the possible cause to having an enlarged spleen and kidneys?

Here are....: Enlarged spleen may result from: infections of viral, bacterial, parasitic origins; blood cancers; liver cirrhosis; hemolytic anemia, certain metabolic disorders, etc. And enlarged kidneys may be temporary by ureteral & renal venous obstruction, and by inflammation/infection, or progressive by inherent renal cysts &/or tumors, or by metastatic tumors, etc. Ask specific & personally pertinent Q!

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Can kidney stone cause adult bed wetting?

Possible: High calcium in the urine can increase urine output and also can cause burning sensation with urination but I recommend ruling out diabetes (high blood sugar) and urinary infection right away--- see your doctor.

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What are some reasons that your spleen would be enlarged? I have celiacs disease and just recently had a kidney stone would that cause spleen issue

What are some reasons that your spleen would be enlarged? I have celiacs disease and just recently had a kidney stone would that cause spleen issue

True True Unrelated: Kidney stones are not causative of enlarged spleen. It would be best if you had blood work to look for the common causes for such a problem, especially if the liver is enlarged as well.

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Enlarged Kidneys (Definition)

Enlarged kidneys are a clinical finding in which the kidneys, which normally create urine and maintain a normal balance of chemicals in the blood, are larger than in ...Read more