Kidney Dysplasia

Kidney dysplasia - also called renal dysplasia or multicystic dysplastic kidney - is a condition where the inside structure of one or both of a fetus’ kidneys does not develop normally while in the mother's womb. In normal kidneys, two thin tubes of muscle called ureters grow into the kidneys and branch out to form a network of tiny structures called tubules. The tubules collect urine as the fetus grows in the womb. With kidney dysplasia, the tubules don't branch out completely, meaning the urine has nowhere to go. It collects inside the affected kidney and forms fluid-filled sacs called cysts. The cysts replace normal kidney tissue and prevent the kidney from functioning.

Kidney dysplasia can affect one kidney or both kidneys. Babies with severe kidney dysplasia affecting both kidneys generally do not survive birth. If they do survive, they need dialysis, and some will even need a kidney transplant. If only one kidney is affected, the child can live with one kidney. 

 

Treatments

Kidney dysplasia can affect one kidney or both kidneys. Babies with severe kidney dysplasia affecting both kidneys generally do not survive birth. If they do survive, they need dialysis, and some will even need a kidney transplant. If the condition is limited to one kidney, no treatment may be necessary. 
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Treatments for Kidney Dysplasia

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