Your baby, has probably been diagnosed with a unilateral multicystic Dysplastic kidney.
A multicystic dysplastic kidney is the result of abnormal fetal development of the kidney. The kidney is replaced by âmultiple cysts which vary in size. There is little or no normal function to this kidney. The possibility of the diseased kidney to recover is nil. â
It is important to have your child evaluated by a pediatric urologist and rule out conditions such as vesico-ureteral reflux, uretero-pelvic junction obstruction, or uretero-vesical âjunction obstruction. The risk of an associated abnormality is as high as 51 percent. These are all surgically âcorrectable problems and in some cases may resolve with observation alone.
Surveillance with serial ultrasound examinations until the kidney totally regresses or becomes undetectable by âultrasound is the protocol followed. However, surgical removal through a small skin incision or by laparoscopic âsurgery may be performed by a pediatric urologist if the need arises. â
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