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It has been brought ot my attention that my baby boy growing inside has an enlarged kidney. Has anyone had this happen to there little one.? The doctor says not to worry that they will do another ultrasound at 32 weeks but that is 8 weeks from now. And I cant help but worry. Anyone have any info???
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First Helper samanthajane
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replied May 2nd, 2004
Experienced User
Nobody has any info on this??
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replied May 4th, 2004
Nicole,
Wish I could help......I don't think it's something to be too concerned about, or your doc would have told you. Try to stay positive Rolling Eyes
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replied May 6th, 2004
Experienced User
Thanks. But its easier said then done. Not worrying that is. Ill find out at my next ultrasound. Thanks for the advice. Ill try.
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replied May 16th, 2004
Experienced User
What is going on with my baby, does anyone know anything about this??
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replied May 16th, 2004
Experienced User
Only your doctor (with access to the ultra sound results) can offer
an expert opinion.

However, common causes of the problem include a blockage between the kidney and bladder or valve that is not functioning correctly.

I want tell you not to worry, because as a parent that is impossible. But your doctor most probably told you not to worry as conditions causing an enlarged kidney often correct themselves.

Mike
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replied May 24th, 2004
Experienced User
Thanks mike. They'll be doing another ultra in a few weeks so ill have to wait until then. In the meantime try not to worry. Sad thanks again for the reponse.
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replied June 1st, 2004
Hi nicole

i had a scan last week and have been told exactly the same thing. I am expecting a little boy and he has enlarged kidneys. I have to go back for another scan at 36 weeks and was told not to worry!! Impossible!

I have been searching internet for "enlarged kidneys" and thats how I came across your posting.

The guy that did my scan did say that it occurred in 3% of pregnancies (he'd only ever come across it happening in boys) and that its due to a valve not being matured properly yet - but hopefully by the time we are scanned again the valve will have matured and the problem will have rectified itself. Apparently it nearly always does rectify itself before the baby is born.

If it doesnt for some reason then they will scan baby once it is born and apparently it is then more susceptible to infections etc. But im not sure whether or not it is anything more serious than that, or what they do about it - he didnt go into that - didnt want to panic me I dont think! (too late for that!)

i have been reading up on everything about kidneys and in one book it did say something about if left untreated it could lead to kidney failure but to be honest I wasnt even sure I was reading up on the same thing as I do not know technical name for "enlarged kidney" and I was reading up about fluid on kidney - so dont panic yet.

When is your due date and when do you get your next scan?

I know exactly how you are feeling and you cant help but worry - I am thinking about it all of the time. I will continue my search for info and let you know if I find anything else out.

Sam
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replied June 10th, 2004
Nicole,

i was told at 15 weeks gestation that my son's kidney was enlarged and had several ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy to track it. At the last ultrasound, about two weeks before he was born, they thought it looked fine. Yesterday, at 3 weeks old, (born 3 weeks early) he went for another ultrasound. His doctor called this morning to say that it was still enlarged and that they are sending him in 2 weeks for a bcug (basically, an x-ray of his bladder). I am currently researching this to find out what else could be going on. He seems to be very healthy, content, and happy. Having been there, I know that it is hard not to worry, but try not to stress too much (it's not good for the baby). I will let you know if I find anything in my research and how the test goes.

Good luck!
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replied June 15th, 2004
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Thanks alot for all your info guys. Im due in 10 weeks, august 23rd. I go in for another ultrasound on the 29th of june to see what is going on. I try not to worry about it and as long as I can feel his movement I seem to be fine. But its always in the back of my mind. I will keep you updated on his progress and let you know if I have any new info that will help. Thanks again, very much appreciated.
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replied June 19th, 2004
Hi nicole im also due on the 23rd of aug and my son was also diagnosed with a enlarged kidney. I have done some reading and as long as there arent any cysts thats good. The baby might just have a blockage which is not something we want but it sure is a lot more relieving. My next appointment with the perinatologist (ultrasound level 2) is the 23rd of june, on my last visit he recomended I speak to a pediatric urologist just to get more info and in case I need one after the baby is born. I have to be honest at first I was devastated I thought the worst after reading thru the internet about certain types of kidney situations, but there are so many I didnt know if it pertained to me. The doctor told me that he didnt see any cysts and I thank god. They examined every little inch of my son and hes just holding more fluid in one kidney than the other. So dont worry to much its not good for the baby, I know you cant help it but try, just think everytime he gives you a kick it because he wants you to know hes just fine.
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replied June 29th, 2004
I just found out today that my baby which is also a boy has an enlarged kidney. I have another ultrasound july 20 and I am due september 22.
Did they tell you the millimeter it was enlarged by? They told me that normal was 4 and my son was 5. I feel better reading all the information given. I am scared too. I am also curious on other doctors opinions.
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replied June 29th, 2004
Hi dcj,

im having a home birth so I had to go to a specialist and he said that usually they dont get concerned if the kidney is smaller than 10 mm my son was at 12 when we first went there, but last week the ultrasound tech said he went from 1.8 to 2.O which now that you mention it is a bit confusing. And the specialist who I saw or the doctor didnt see me this time around and I asked if he needed to, only the tech examined me so I assumed everything is going good I dont think they would let anything slip thru the crack. But you know I feel good about everything I have a good feeling. I will certainly ask the next time whats normal and we can swap notes.
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replied July 9th, 2004
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Well I went for my 32 week ultrasound to determine if my babies kidney has gone back to normal size. And it hasnt. It is 1cm enlarged and the doctor told me not to worry. She plans on doing an ultrasound on him after he is born. Im scared that something is terribly wrong and now have nightmares. 7 or so more weeks to go until I know for sure that my baby will come into this world safe and sound. How am I 'not' suppost to worry? All I can do is try.
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replied July 25th, 2004
Enlarged Kidney
I have also just found out at 23 weeks pregnant that my baby boy has an enlarged kidney. I too have been told to come back at 32 weeks for another scan to see what has happened to it. I feel so helpless as 9 weeks seems like ages away and i'm so scared that my baby could die by then, or at the very least that he could be in terrible pain. The person who did the scan was pretty unhelpful and just said that sometimes these things do put themselves right. Having read up more on the subject it seems that if the kidney is still enlarged at 32 weeks they bring you back at 36 weeks and if it's still worse then they might induce an early labour so they can try to treat the kidney as there's obviously nothing they can do while the baby's still inside you. I suppose the only thing we can be grateful for is that a human can live with just one kidney, so hopefully our babies will make it even if one of their kidneys doesn't. I am deperate to find out more on this subject, does anyone have further news on their own situation or has found out any more information that could be useful to us all? Is anyone aware of anything that we as mothers should do or not do to make the situation better eg things we should or shouldn't eat which might make it worse? Good luck to everyone in the same situation, fingers crossed that our babies will all be ok in the end.
Jane
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replied July 25th, 2004
Extremely eHealthy
Relax Please!!
I am 49 & found out at 18 that my right kidney was huge (explained all thise growing pains (that's what the drs said they were!!) but I have no left kidney - which is why my right one grew larger - & I only found out by accident!! Also for the record i'm a female!! But in the dark ages when I was born they didn't have ultrasounds etc etc so mother's didn't know that there was any sort of problem & so they didn't worry.

Worry & stress is probably far more likely to hurt your babies than an enlarged kidney. The size of the kidney may reduce narurally or the baby may need some (probably) minor corrective surgery.

But please give yur baby every chance by trying to relax - I have 2 children I lost 2 before my daughter, 2 after her & then I lost my sons twin - so I do know that relaxing is easier to say than do but I also speak from experience both as a mother & as someone who had a kidney problem whilst in utero (just no-one knew till 18 years later!!).
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replied July 8th, 2009
Enlarged Kidney
i am 20 weeks ans was just told that my girl has an enlarged kidney measuring 6.4mm. I too am concerned although my doctor told me not to worry it will probably fix itself especially becaus eits a girl. I am getting another ultrasound in 4 weeks.
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replied July 9th, 2009
i am 14 weeks pregnant and i went for a scan that showed my boy has enlarged kidneys,a birghter bowel and i have a 1 in 9 chance of having a down syndrome baby,i am terrified,i go for the amiocentesis in 2 weeks,the wait is terrible,has anyone else experienced this.please help me,i dont know what to expect.
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replied September 21st, 2009
More fuild in kidney
I had the same thing told by the doctor at my 19 weeks ultrsound.Its a baby boy and his kidneys r holding more fluid than required. Pls let me know if anyone has gone thru this but delivered a perfectly helthy baby?
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replied December 18th, 2009
Hydronephrosis
My son, who is now 3, was diagnosed at 20 weeks gestation w/ hydronephrosis, which is swelling in the kidneys. After his birth, they did a MAG3 renal scan and a VCUG, both tests were to determine the cause of the hydronephrosis. He has UPJ Obstructions in both ureters...in short, the tubes that run from his kidneys to his bladder did not develop properly and it caused a back up of urine in his kidneys which caused the swelling.

Most children out grow this condition before it becomes a problem but they need to be monitored carefully by a pediatric urologist. Surgery can fix it if they don't outgrow it.

My son has 90% outgrown is...and though he has other medical issues, he is a happy healthy beautiful 3 year old little boy!

I have a friend that delivered a boy with the same thing 20 years ago. He had surgery on it at 2 years old and has never had another problem with it.
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