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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have just been through an ultrasound. What the doctor said has worried me. She said that the ultrasound showed that my baby's right kidney is swollen. She also said that this can be judged only after birth. Can you please let me know what could be the implications of such a report? Is there any cause for concern?

Soni (Delhi, India)

A: Repeat the sonography before coming to any conclusion and take a second opinion of another doctor. If only one kidney is affected, your child would be born healthy, but after a while the affected kidney would cease to function and would need to be removed. Thus, the prognosis ultimately depends on how healthy his second kidney is. If his second kidney is fine, there should be no problem. Remember, only one kidney is needed for a healthy, normal life. However, your child should routinely get his sound kidney checked to make sure everything is okay.

Q: I am 21 weeks pregnant. I had gone for an ultrasound last week, and was told that Mild Renal Pelvis Dilatation was seen on both the kidneys of my baby. Is this a serious problem? What should I do? All the other readings are normal.

Sarah (Delhi, UK )

A: This needs to be followed up because if the dilatation persists, your baby could be having a renal problem. Speak to your gynaecologist.

Q: My wife is in the 9th month of pregnancy and during the ultrasound we were told that child's kidney is big and he has hydronephrosis. Can this be cured? What are the causes for hydronephrosis? Is this a fatal disease? There are no hereditary kidney problems in our family.

Mohan (Delhi, India)

A: The cause of hydronephrosis can be determined only after the child is born. The treatment and outcome will depend on the cause of the problem.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

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