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Old 05-02-2004, 10:33 AM   #1
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dilated kidneys shown at level 2 u/s- ds???

Hello! I am currently 21 wks pg. At my level 2 u/s at 19 wks, my perinatologist told me the baby was a BOY and all looked perfect except there was fluid around the kidneys. They measure 6mm and I guess 4mm is normal. He told me this is a soft marker for ds. This was the only thing they saw. He said most of the time, it resolves itself and I shouldn't worry. He offered an amnio but I declined since I have had 2 miscarriages and would never terminate. I go back in 2 more weeks for another level 2. Anybody have only this marker and have a baby w/ ds? Oh, by the way, I am 29. Thank you for any input or advice.

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Old 05-04-2004, 12:23 PM   #2
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Re: dilated kidneys shown at level 2 u/s- ds???

I am currently 29 weeks pg as a surrogate.
At 16 weeks we had an u/s done which showed 4 markers,dilated kidney's being one of them,along with heart,femur and brain markers.
At 22 weeks all but the kidney problem had disappeared.
Amnio was done and shows a gentically healthly baby boy.
So at 32 weeks we will have another u/s to check the kidney's,and should they still be enlarged will speak with a specialist who can deal with the issue following birth.
It's my understanding theis issue could also disappear before birth.

 
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Old 05-13-2005, 08:03 AM   #3
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Re: dilated kidneys shown at level 2 u/s- ds???

Hi I am also currently 21 weeks pregnant and my doctor see the same thing with the dilated kidneys at my level 2 ultrasound, I was just wondering how you made out?

 
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Re: dilated kidneys shown at level 2 u/s- ds???

Hello, I am no longer pregnant, but my daughter is now 9 1/2 months old. She does have ds, while i was pg I had the dilated kidney, (my right side) I was 25 weeks along when i had this problem but i was never informed that this may be a marker of ds, very interesting!

 
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Re: dilated kidneys shown at level 2 u/s- ds???

My son is now 11 months old. I didn't have any other testing done, but the u/s at 20 weeks showed that his kidneys were enlarged. I want to say 4mm? They did a repeat u/s at 26 weeks and the same thing. They weren't worried because he had sufficient amniotic fluid. I did some research then and found that dilated kidneys were quite common and it usually went away before birth or just after. The Dr did tell me that the dilated kidneys increased my chances of having a baby w/ DS by 1%. I wasn't worried because there weren't any other signs.

At 36 weeks we had another u/s b/c the stress test performed earlier that morning didn't show sufficient movement. The u/s showed very enlarged kidneys and low amniotic fluid. The dr took my son by emergency c-section just a few hours later.

Nicholas, my son, has a lot of health problems. I am not telling you this to make you worry, but to let you know that even after all is said and done, we are still here!! When Nicholas was 4 days old we were given a 50% chance that he'd make it to his first b-day because of all of his issues (not just the kidneys)....and here we are approaching it very quickly! (Too quickly!!) He is doing fine...all things considered. He had post urethral valve. That is where a blockage is formed by a flap of skin (or some obstruction) that prevents the bladder from draining w/ out a lot of pressure. The urine gets backed up (or refluxes too) and when that happens for a long time, it causes damage to the whole urinary tract. He had the blockage removed around 2 1/2 weeks of age and pees just fine now! Because of the damage to his kidneys, he will eventually need to have dialysis and a kidney transplant, but that should be a long while yet. The post urethral valve is not DS specific. Our pediatrician's office said that they have 4 kids now that had that when they were born....and I think Nicholas is the only kiddo who has DS.

Good Luck!
Gwen

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