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    Old 05-26-2004, 08:16 AM   #1
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    Question fetal renal dilation

    Hello everyone,

    I had an ultrasound last friday at 29 weeks to check the location of the placenta. An earlier ultrasound indicated marginal placenta previa, but this u/s showed the problem has corrected itself which is great news! They were also able to confirm that we are indeed having a boy(I knew it!!) He is, however, breech at this time but there's still time for him to change position so we're not too concerned.

    It seems that each time I have an ultrasound, something else worrisome is found. This time I was told they found the baby to have some "fetal renal dilation". I have no idea what that means...I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow to discuss the radiology report from this ultrasound, so I will know more then. In the meantime, I can't help but worry. It seems like it's one thing after another lately....and it really scares me....

    Does anyone know anything about fetal renal dilation? From the little bit I've read it involves the bladder and/or kidney?? I'm afraid to get too carried away searching for info on the topic...sometimes the internet can be a dangerous place

    Any thoughts??

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    Old 05-26-2004, 08:40 AM   #2
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    Re: fetal renal dilation

    a friend of mine had this same thing happen. the docs scared the poo out of her saying that it could be serious. everything was just fine, her baby is almost 2 now and very very very healthy. maybe they caught the develpoement just so that day to show something they consider wierd, but it is probably fixed now. best wishes!
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    Old 05-26-2004, 09:31 AM   #3
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    Re: fetal renal dilation

    My son has the same thing in one of his kidneys. They caught it at our regular 20 week ultrasound and sent us for a level two. That ultrasound said that everything else was normal but that one of his kidneys has that condition. It is much more common in boys than girls and as many as one in a hundred boy babies will get it. It may clear up on its own in the womb. We have to go for another level II at 35 weeks. Worst case scenerio is that our boys will have to have surgery when they are born to correct the blockage. The kidney is still functioning properly but one of the tubes that drains the urine is blocked.

    The thing that freaked me out is that when one kidney is normal and one is too big (like ours is) the chances of having a child with Down's Syndrome is slightly higher. According to my fetal-maternal specialist, women normally have a 1 in 900 chance of having a child with Downs. Our chance is slightly higher as 1 in 700. But, when you sit down and think about those numbers they are pretty good odds. And remember; humans only need one kidney.

    As hard as it is, don't freak out. I hope I haven't said anything that will make you upset. I was a basketcase at first but I'm a little more calm now. Doctors have to tell you everything and sometimes make a huge deal out of nothing. Good luck and please let me know how it turns out!

     
    Old 05-26-2004, 09:36 AM   #4
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    Oh, and I forgot to add one more thing: if the condition hasn't cleared up on it's own by the 35 week ultrasound, the baby will have his own ultrasound within 72 hours of his birth to ascertain the course of action. He may not automatically need surgery.

    Please don't worry too much about it because even the worst case is not that bad.

     
    Old 05-27-2004, 02:13 PM   #5
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    Re: fetal renal dilation

    Erin and Nyxin, thanks so much for your advice/words of encouragement! I really needed that...I was doing a great job causing myself a great deal of stress over it. Just the thought of something being wrong sends me over the edge.

    I saw my doctor today and he said not to worry. The report said the renal dilation was mild. My doctor feels that when we recheck it at the next ultrasound at 34 wks, everything will look fine. If not, we'll take it from there but he wasn't overly concerned so I feel a lot better about it.

    Again, thanks so much for helping me put my mind at ease. I really appreciate it Erin, please let me know how your 35 wk u/s goes.

    Take care, ladies!

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    Old 05-27-2004, 07:39 PM   #6
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    Re: fetal renal dilation

    Kari my daughter had this too but on both sides she had an ultrasound done after she was born and it showed in her case it wasnt that bad. At 8 months old I took her to the dr because she was running very high fevers with no other symtoms fevers ranging from 103-106. I was told they couldnt find anything wrong with her I insisted that they check everything and it was discovered that she had a UTI and kidney infection after more testing it was discovered that she had hydronephrosis in both kidneys but her last scans at 18 months showed it had completely fixed itself in the left kidney and the right one was almost normal she will be 2 in june and is doing great her problem was discovered through a level 2 ultrasound.
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