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What does an enlarged kidney mean in a fetus?

What does an enlarged kidney mean in a fetus?

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

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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My ultrasound shows my son has an enlarged kidney known as fetal pelviectasis. Is this lethal?

My ultrasound shows my son has an enlarged kidney known as fetal pelviectasis. Is this lethal?

Doubt it: The advances in fetal monitoring have given rise to new issues that were never evident before. One is the relatively common finding of dilated renal pelvi which will often go away within a few weeks of birth when the system matures more. Persistence or actual enlargement of kidneys over time can mean a blockage in the system.This will be evident on other studies and an US obtained after birth. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my ultrasound shows my son has an enlarged kidney known as fetal pelviectasis can my son die?

What do you suggest if my ultrasound shows my son has an enlarged kidney known as fetal pelviectasis can my son die?

Doubt it: The advances in fetal monitoring have given rise to new issues that were never evident before. One is the relatively common finding of dilated renal pelvi which will often go away within a few weeks of birth when the system matures more. Persistence or actual enlargement of kidneys over time can mean a blockage in the system.This will be evident on other studies and an US obtained after birth. ...Read more

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18 week fetal US indicated enlarged bladder. Kidneys measured normal. Amniotic fluid normal. Any advice?

18 week fetal US indicated enlarged bladder. Kidneys measured normal. Amniotic fluid normal. Any advice?

Full bladder US?: If the ultrasound was done with a full bladder as is usually done, then the pregnancy will distort and displace the bladder at 18 weeks, so it is difficult to say that the "bladder was enlarged". Since the amniotic fluid content is OK. as well as the fetus then "no worries" at this juncture. ...Read more

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What to do if had enlarged, echogenic (bright) kidneys on fetal ultrasound?

What to do if had enlarged, echogenic (bright) kidneys on fetal ultrasound?

Follow up with doc: Fetal kidneys are usually not very echogenic on ultrasound . After birth of the baby, the doctor should repeat the study and monitor the baby's urine to see what is going on ...Read more

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20w pregnant, fetal ultrasound was normal except for: bilateral hydro.Enlarged rt kidney with echogenic cortex and perirenal fluid. Idea on diagnosis?

20w pregnant, fetal ultrasound was normal except for: bilateral hydro.Enlarged rt kidney with echogenic cortex and perirenal fluid. Idea on diagnosis?

See a specialist: You need to see a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist. This will need to be followed to see if it's worsening. It sounds like a ureteral obstruction, which is more common in male fetuses. ...Read more

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What does thickening of kidney tissue mean in a 20 week fetus one md says DS the other says it means it's developing. What's your thought?

What does thickening of kidney tissue mean in a 20 week  fetus one md says DS the other says it means it's developing.   What's your thought?

Here are some...: To save your time and avoid unnecessary worry & anxiety, it would be most beneficial to refer this question to your OB-doc who ordered the test. To interpret prenatal US of a fetus, it is good idea to correct with your overall clinical picture and other parts of the fetus; at times, a second US in 6-8 weeks may be needed for comparison and deduction of the related clinical consistency. So, ask doc ...Read more

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20wk u/s showed fetus has dilated pelvis in kidney. Should i be worried?

20wk u/s showed fetus has dilated pelvis in kidney. Should i be worried?

Dilated Pelvis: Prenatally it is not uncommon to see these things on ultrasound and certainly they need to be followed during the subsequent weeks. But often they resolve and can be minor things. Following by ultrasound is very important and will give the answers you are looking for. ...Read more

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What does dilated kidney and bladder mean in fetus?

What does dilated kidney and bladder mean in fetus?

LUTO?: Lower urinary tract obstruction (luto) can present with low amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios), large fetal bladder and hydronephrosis. If bilateral, this is a bad diagnosis with poor prognosis for survival and even poorer for intact survivial and few treatment options with any chance of long-term success. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to my fetus at 11 weeks if my left kidney is dilated with fluid around it? Thanks

Not fetus---you: Your fetus is pretty well protected. But it is important to keep you healthy as your fetus's health ultimately depends on you. You need to find out why your kidney is dilated with fluid and get that treated. ...Read more

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What are the effects of water build up in the fetus' kidneys and is it dangerous? How can it be treated?

What are the effects of water build up in the fetus' kidneys and is it dangerous?  How can it be treated?

Kindly check out: This informative link. I presume your oby has consulted a pediatrician and a urologist about your baby's condition. God bless you and your child! http://urology.Ucsf.Edu/patient-care/children/hydronephrosis. ...Read more

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My fetus has just been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. What does that mean?

My fetus has just been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. What does that mean?

See below: Polycystic kidney disease is a inherited disorder and in your fetus case called autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease.Cysts are fluid filled cavities in the kidney.Your doctor will consult a pediatrician/pediatric nephrologist to decide the next steps. ...Read more

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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