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20 week scan - kidney problems

Discussion in 'Personal' started by tartetatin, May 19, 2011.

  1. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Hi! My sister had her 20 week scan today and found out that she's expecting a wee girl. Her delight is tinged with worry however, as the scan showed that the baby has a kidney problem and only one kidney is functioning.
    My sis is now scared of what would happen if this kidney stopped working.
    Does anyone have any experience of this? Thanks x
    oh, have also posted on 'pregnancy' but not sure how much traffic they get.
  2. It may be fine - my youngest son had this. It is perfectly OK to live a viable and long life on one kidney so long as it continues to function. Obviously you could not be a kidney donor though. You may be more prone to water infections or you may be OK. My youngest's issues were detected on the ultrasound. He was a very healthy baby; is still a very healthy child. When he was a baby he had to go for a barium meal scan thing which revealed that he has a horseshoe kidney ie one enormous one joined in the middle (ie the 2 that most people have but joined together). Having one or this, is, I gather, quite common and most people never know. It's just the wonders of modern science and ultrasound that reveals it more. I would not worry too much therefore until you see the specialist. I would think that if it was really urgent you would be seen in well under 3 weeks as well! Good luck.
  3. I don't know about small children, but my husband has lived half his life with just one kidney and it doesn't seem to affect him at all. When he had the other kidney removed the surgeon told him that it had not worked for a long time but couldn't say whether it had never developed or had died when he was knocked over by a car when he was 6.

    Good luck to your family and the baby xx
  4. Hey!
    Please tell her not to worry too much! My dear old grandad had to go for an ultrasound in his seventies (prostate trouble!- no kidney issues)- to be told by the doc that he only had one kidney!!!! Didn't do him an ounce of harm in all those years!!
    Keep smiling- I'm sure all will be well
  5. inq


    My friend's son had similar, only 1 kidney and that only working at about 50% when she had her scan at 20 weeks. She was taken to a specialist hospital for the birth so he could be treated. 12 years later you would never know there was a problem.

    Best of luck!
  6. 1. They can tell from a scan.
    2. We all had ourselves (a bit of a distant relative but hey) tested and none of us was a match but in the event Junior sorted himself out and we weren't needed.
    2 kidneys are good but 1 is often enough. Our nephew was born with one dysfunctional one but has managed alright with it up to age 12. Frankly, if he *** it with drugs and/or alcohol he needn't look to us for a spare. He's been warned.
  7. tartetatin

    tartetatin New commenter

    Thanks very much to the others for your helpful responses - very reassuring. x
    My sister is now getting over the shock. I think you always feel anxious when it's your first baby.
  8. Tigger1962

    Tigger1962 New commenter

    Sometimes scan problems actually resolve before birth - probably to do with inaccuracies in determining the foetal age -I have known 2 people told there were kidney problems at the 20 week scan which have been born without any such problems

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