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My mom got urine infection and we consult doctor, he prescribed antibiotics. After a week there is no improvement then we consult doctor again and doctor suggest to get ultrasound done. In the 1st report of USG kidney impression was "Both the kidneys are normal in size and shape but shows altered echotexture" and in the 2nd report after a week "Both kidneys are enlarged >12cm and show altered echotexture with mild fullness left side". Now my question was it is possible with in one week 12cm enlargement? if it so what can be remedy and what action I need to take immediately. She is still in antibiotics. Please guide me. Your suggestions were very much appreciated.


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replied May 18th, 2010
Kidney Conditions Answer A12173
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the enlarged kidneys with altered echotexture with mild fullness of left kidney of your mother. You have also made a mention of urine infection for which your mother is already taking antibiotics.
The normal average adult kidney size is 12 cm and when it is greater than that, the kidney is said to be enlarged. There are many causes of kidney enlargement but your mother seems to be having hydronephrosis which can be caused by the stones among other things. The possibility of stones is high as stones can lead to both urine infection as well as hydronephrosis. In addition to antibiotics what you can do is get the CT abdomen done of your mother done to look for urinary tract stones. Hydronephrosis will get treated only when you relieve the possible obstruction to the flow of urine.You can discuss the option with your doctor.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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