have genotype 1 hep c and have just been told i require a yr. of treatment. i had an ultrasound in dec. that also showed that i had a distended kidney,what is that? i can't find it anywhere on here. thanks
Without a few details it is hard to be exact. What most often becomes "distended" is actually the "renal pelvis", this structure connects the kidney's internal urine collecting system to the outside of the kidney and so to the ureter.
This can happen due to an obstruction somewhere, frequently in the uretero-pelvic junction. This little area is where the wider renal pelvis narrows down like a funnel and hooks to the very narrow ureter.
Now that we have done the anatomy, you might need to ask the doc a few more questions to find out exactly what was seen in the ultrasound. And you might want to ask if any hydronephrosis was see (basically urine backing up into the inside of the kidney). It might be that the structure was distended a long time ago, the obstruction is gone, so they are just seeing an artifact of what used to be a problem and isn't a big deal any longer.
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