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Doctor insights on: Unilateral Renal Agenesis

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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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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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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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What are the complications of a pregnancy in a woman with unilateral renal agenesis?

What are the complications of a pregnancy in a woman with unilateral renal agenesis?

None: One kidney is sufficient for normal survival and reproduction. So no complications expected. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the complications of pregnancy in a woman with unilateral renal agenesis?

I was wondering what are the complications of pregnancy in a woman with unilateral renal agenesis?

Renal function: One normal kidney is sufficient for normal kidney function. So if its is unilateral, please check your kidney function. If it is normal, you may not be at risk for bad outcomes with pregnancy. If you do have abnormalities in kidney function, you need to monitored closely- worsening of kidney function. For fetus- low birth weight, preterm , sometime miscarriages. ...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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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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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