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What does term slightly increased cortical echogenicity of both kidneys means in an ultrasound test?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: "Slightly"

increased echogenicity is a hedge.
It means that the kidney tissue may be marginally brighter looking than normal on US. It could be normal. Truly increased echogenicity implies renal disease but is very nonspecific, there are a number of entities that could manifest that way. The finding must be interpreted in the context of your clinical picture to determine the significance, if any.

In brief: "Slightly"

increased echogenicity is a hedge.
It means that the kidney tissue may be marginally brighter looking than normal on US. It could be normal. Truly increased echogenicity implies renal disease but is very nonspecific, there are a number of entities that could manifest that way. The finding must be interpreted in the context of your clinical picture to determine the significance, if any.
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