Help Level 2 U S For Baby S Kidney

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erinsoul - October 15

I posted this question in "2nd trimester" but no one responded. My 20 week ultrasound showed that the baby's kidney cavity measured 5mm when normal range is 2 to 4.The doctor said most likely the kidney isn't fully mature and still needs to develope some, but wants a level 2 ultrasound to make sure it corrects itself through developement & the measurement goes down, not up. A larger measurement indicates a blockage and the kidney is holding too much fluid. She reassured me "it's PROBABLY fine" and I shouldn't get too worried. I just wanted to know if anyone else had gone through this experience and how things worked out. Treatment if it doesn't correct itself is anything from antibiotics to surgery, depending on how big the blockage.


My answer - October 15

My second pregnancy revealed an enlarged left kidney at about 25 weeks in my daughter. I had several ultrasounds throughout the rest of the pregnancy and debated with my doctor about the best way to deliver (why he thought a C-section was better than v____al, I don't know. But, I ended up going v____al). My daughter peed all over the doctor upon delivery and we all cheered! She was on antibiotics for three months and then underwent surgery to repair a blocked urethra (sp?). She spent one night in the hospital and went back every 6 months for testing until she was 5 years old. She's fine now... her left kidney functions at 80% and is slightly smaller than her right one, but this should never cause her any problems. I was thankful that the ultrasound caught it early and it wasn't a nasty surprise when she was an infant. Best of luck to you... it will all turn out well in the end!


Megan - November 9

Hi. I went through all of this. They kept telling me it would probably disappear and my baby would be born fine which is usually the case, but my daughter was born with a duplex kidney (2 small kidneys on one side, and 1 normal one on the right). When she was born she was put on antibiotics to stop infection while they investigated. If the enlargement does not go while you are pregnant, I am sure they will do all they can to help you. I know it is a scary time but there are a lot of things they can do. So far my daughter has had 4 operations and has now had one of the duplex kidneys removed as it was causing her constant infection, but a duplex is very rare. There are loads of reasons for an enlarged kidney, but as they have identified it while you are pregnant you should get all attention and help you need. If you want to chat my e-mail is [email protected]



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