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Doctor insights on: Extra Fluid Around The Kidneys On An Ultrasound

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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The ultrasound found fluid around my kidney, what does that mean?

The ultrasound found fluid around my kidney, what does that mean?

Hydronephrosis: Did it say around the kidney or was it "backed" up like a condition called hydronephrosis. ...Read more

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What does fluid in the system mean after a ultrasound of kidneys?

What does fluid in the system mean after a ultrasound of kidneys?

Can't say for sure.: Your question is too non-specific. Exactly what did the report say? In what, "system" was the fluid? If you mean the renal collecting system then excess fluid could reflect kidney obstruction or infection. That's just one possible answer. ...Read more

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Kidney ultrasound show increased cortical echogenicity (right >left) with mild loss of corticomedullary differantiation. Advice: kft correlation. Mean?

Kidney ultrasound show increased cortical echogenicity (right >left) with mild loss of corticomedullary differantiation. Advice: kft correlation. Mean?

Correlate blood test: Increased cortical echogenicity with mild corticomedullary differentiation, usually means medical renal disease. Kft probably means kidney function tests. These are blood tests such as serum creatinine, bun, and GFR (glomerular filtration rate). ...Read more

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I am 22 weeks months carrying. During ultrasound scan. Report show baby's kidneys have mild pyelectasia measuring 4to 5 mm. Pls explain what it means?

I am 22 weeks months carrying. During ultrasound scan. Report show baby's kidneys have mild pyelectasia measuring 4to 5 mm. Pls explain what it means?

Usually nothing: It means that there is a little urine trapped in the kidney. It has a very low association with downs syndrome. You should get a second trimester screening test but I wouldn't be worried. You should also get a followup scan in 3rd trimester to make sure the kidneys look okay but the vast majority of the time, they are. I would not lose any sleep of this! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. ...Read more

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What does the term "full" kidney mean in a given result of an ultrasound? But not having to do with urine. My daughter has a small fluid filled cyst on one of her kidneys, she under goes repeated ultrasounds. Now there is an issue ith her other kidney, vi

What does the term "full" kidney mean in a given result of an ultrasound? But not having to do with urine. My daughter has a small fluid filled cyst on one of her kidneys, she under goes repeated ultrasounds. Now there is an issue ith her other kidney, vi

I: I have heard this term used with fetal ultrasounds - (pyelectasis) which means that there can be dilation of the central part of the kidney. I will change this from unspecified specialty to diagostic radiologist, to get a better chance of getting exact info. I suggest that you ask your doctor what he specifically meant whe using the term "full kidney". ...Read more

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My ultrasound shows an isoechoic lesion of the left middle kidney which may represent an anatomic variance vs solid renal mass. What could that mean?

My ultrasound shows an isoechoic lesion of the left middle kidney which may represent an anatomic variance vs solid renal mass. What could that mean?

Sometimes normal: Variations in the anatomy of the kidney can mimic a mass on ultrasound, and it is difficult to make a reliable determination. When this is the case, another study like CT or MRI can easily sort it out. These usually turn out to be normal variations. ...Read more

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Facial swells, pelvic ultrasound shows slight fluid retention, kidney and liver functions are normal. What might be the cause of the swelling?

Facial swells, pelvic ultrasound shows slight fluid retention, kidney and liver functions are normal. What might be the cause of the swelling?

Fluid retention: Your fluid retention is most likely due to hormonal factors. Follow a low salt diet by not adding salt to cooking or at the table. If fluid retention persists, your physician may order a mild diuretic for you to use temporarily. Be sure to take a potassium supplement if you do take a diuretic. Your physician may also test your thyroid status. ...Read more

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Ulltrasound shows 3mm echogenic non-shadowing focus in the right kidney. What does this mean and do I need further testing? Thank you

Ulltrasound shows 3mm echogenic non-shadowing focus in the right kidney. What does this mean and do I need further testing? Thank you

The vast: Majority of these types of findings are of little or no concern. However, the ultrasound appearance is not specific, and you may need an additional test such as CT to confirm it. Tal to your doctor about th results. ...Read more

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My kidney sonogram shows the parenchymal echogenicity appears slightly hypoechoic unjformly, what is that means?

My kidney sonogram shows the parenchymal echogenicity appears slightly hypoechoic unjformly, what is that means?

Renal echogenicity: Renal echogenicity is a sign of scaring or increased density of the kidney and implies underlying medical kidney disease. You should see a Nephrologist (Internest specializing in kidney disease) as soon as possible for a kidney workup. This will include urine and blood tests to ascertain whether you have a medical condition causing this. ...Read more

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Kidney ultrasound shows stones, what to do?

Kidney ultrasound shows stones, what to do?

Depends on the size: It depends on how large the stones are. Very small stones should be able to pass without difficulty. Medium or large stones should probably be treated. If the stones are visible on a plain film xray, then eswl is a good option. Very large stones may require a more invasive procedure. Either way, it is important to increase your daily water intake to 2.5 to 3 l. ...Read more

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When having a ultrasound on kidneys what does the colors mean?

When having a ultrasound on kidneys what does the colors mean?

Blood flow: Colors are genertaed during an ultrasound exam by software that detects motion occuring within the ultrasound beam. Standard colors are red and blue designated movement either towards the bam or away from the beam. Asdditional color gradients can indicate velocity and turbulence in the flow. Color in a kidney ultrasound indicates blood flow. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ultrasound of kidneys shows stone?

What is the definition or description of: ultrasound of kidneys shows stone?

Usually definitive.: Ultrasound shows the renal outlines, partly because they are surrounded by fat. Calcific densities are shown by us as highly reflective abnormalities, and there is not much question. The presence of calcific densities in the kidneys makes the diagnosis of stone very likely. If it has been there for years, it may not be important, but otherwise, have it checked. ...Read more

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What do white marks on a kidney ultrasound scan mean?

Tough Question: Boy that's a tough question. Usually things that are bright on ultrasound are calculi (stones), air, or fat. If it were air the pt would likely be very sick. Fat is almost always benign, and stones can cause symptoms ranging from mild pain to sepsis. ...Read more

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What does the color yellow mean on a kidney ultrasound?

Flowing blood: It seems you saw the screen during an ultrasound. One of the functions uses doppler analysis to determine blood flow. Flow is indicated by color on the screen.
Yellow is usually used for power doppler which is more sensitive to flow but not direction specific. ...Read more

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On a kidney ultrasound some spots and red and blue what does this mean?

On a kidney ultrasound some spots and red and blue what does this mean?

Doppler: A regular ultrasound shows shades of black and white to identify kidney sizes and structures.
A doppler senses flow to (red) and from (blue) the probe. Doppler ultrasound is used to rule out renal artery stenosis and venous obstruction in the kidneys. ...Read more

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What do you mean by the result of my ultrasound and "normal sized kidneys with diffuse parenchymal changes bilateral?

Medical renal diseas: Ultrasound exam of kidneys can show dilatation of collecting system or hydronephrosis or medical renal disease involving parenchyma usually with increased echogenicity, brighter than normal. Sounds like possibly some medical problem as opposed to obstructive problem. Medical renal disease correlated with blood tests of function of kidneys. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a kidney stone not show on ultrasound?

Please tell me, could a kidney stone not show on ultrasound?

Some may not: Some kidney stones may not show on ultrasound. If the stones are less than 3mm the ultrasound exam may not be able to detect in some cases
cat scan is the standard test used in us to diagnose kidney stones, but it does involve risk of radiation as compared to ultrasound. ...Read more

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Does a CT or ultrasound always show kidney stones?

Does a CT or ultrasound always show kidney stones?

No: Ct and ultrasound does not "always" show kidney stones. The resolution may not be sensitive enough to see very small stones less than 2 to 3 mm. Depending on the thickness of the images on the ct scan, a stone may be potentially missed between the images taken by the ct scanner. Ultrasound may also over-read or miss very small stones as well. Overall though, the detection rate is still very hi. ...Read more

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