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VCUG for infant with one kidney

Our son was born two months ago with one kidney.
So far all the tests were good (ultrasound, blood, urine).
We were offered with a VCUG procedure mainly because there is "no redundancy". our main concern: Is it a common treatment for infants with one kidney or might be "over treatment"
Thank you,
Assaf & Sharon
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replied March 29th, 2012
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Your baby, has probably been diagnosed with solitary kidney, probably due to congenital agenesis (lack of development) of the second kidney.

In most cases the other kidney is normal and ‎grows larger than a normal kidney to make ‎up for ‎the lack of function of the other kidney. Hence the growth and development of the child would be normal in all aspects. ‎

But it is important to have your child evaluated by a pediatric urologist and rule out conditions such as vesico ureteral ‎reflux (VUR), uretero-pelvic junction obstruction, or uretero-vesical ‎junction obstruction. The risk of such associated ‎abnormalities is high in kids with renal anomalies and if not treated can result in recurrent urinary infections and renal damage. Hence a VCUG (Voiding Cystourethrogram) is recommended to detect them in early stages so that effective care and treatment can prevent any damage of the single normal kidney.

Hence you should continue to work with the treating doctors and follow their advice.

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