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has anyone heard of a duplicate kidney and how serious this could be
An_206665 posted:
I have a daughter who we have been told has a duplicate kidney and am wondering how serious this could be
John-SKPT responded:
Duplicate kidneys can refer to dual (or triple) renal cortex or various other renal dyslpasias, but generally refer to a DUPLICATE COLLECTING SYSTEM in which sections of ureter or bladder or renal pelvis are created during development.

In many cases patients develop fully and normally with no trouble at all. Some patients have greater infection trouble as children but develop normally once adolescent growth spurts are done.

It's all case by case. A few cases need treatment as children but most are just watched until young adulthood.
MrsCora01 responded:
The kidney I received from my cousin was referred to as "fully duplex". Basically, it has 2 completely separate filtering/collecting systems and 2 ureters. It has been working well for me for almost 8 years and she is doing fine. I'm not sure if her other kidney is the same or not. But basically she never had any problems with it for the first 41 years of her life before she donated, and now I am doing fine too.

trupemom responded:
Our son is 4 years old and through a traumatic fall on his back we were just given this diagnoses for the first time. He has lived 4 healthy happy years with no symptoms. Now, however; his duplicate kidney is enlarged and having reflux it can become dangerous. But again he's 4 and has apparently had this from birth and went undetected until now. I hope that could be a comfort.

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