Post # 1
I had my 20 week scan today and the midwife said that one kidney measured fine, but the other was slightly enlarged (5mm). She said that it is fairly common in boys and that I will have another ultrasound at 28 weeks to see if it has corrected itself. She didn’t really mention what we could be expecting as far as the kidney magically becoming the right size or possible complications if it doesn’t correct itself. In my research I did find that it can be a soft marker for Down’s, but we did all the genetic screening and the chances are astronomical.
If anyone else has been through this and can give any insight I would really appreciate it!
Post # 2
cant.wait.to.be.mrs.d: I don’t have any advice, but I do know that someone on my facebook posted the exact same thing today about their son. Her doctor said that same thing about it being pretty common, and told her not to worry about it.
Post # 3
cant.wait.to.be.mrs.d: I’m sure everything will be just fine considering your doc wasn’t concerned. My sisters 20 week showed a soft marker for DS (on heart though not kidney) and he is a healthy baby With no heart or developmental issues. Try not to sorry until the next scan (easier said then done I know). keeping you in my thoughts!
Post # 5
cant.wait.to.be.mrs.d: I have the same issue. We first heard about it at 24 weeks, and it was both kidneys. My doctor also said it was fairly common, and that as long as they don’t get any larger, things should be fine. It means there’s an increased chance of kidney infections or UTIs after birth (I think for a year or two), but he reassured us that there’s only a slight chance that it’s a more serious kidney problem. If the kidneys get much larger, they may consider inducing early, but there’s little they can do otherwise. The doctor basically said not to stress too much because it often either goes away on its own, or at least doesn’t get any worse. I’ve had 2 more ultrasounds since then, and they haven’t gotten any worse so far. But starting next week I’ll have to do a non-stress test twice a week and have at least one or two more ultrasounds. If my most recent ultrasound had shown that the kidneys were back to normal size, I think they’d do fewer tests over the next 3 months, so if your next scan shows improvement, you may not need to do many more. Good luck, and try not to worry!
Post # 6
dont stress, my baby girl had the same issue… she had it up untill she was born, then one day after she was born, it had corrected itself. apparently its quite common. xx
Post # 7
JustJoan: thanks! It helps hearing that it will probably be fine, and if it stays the complications are pretty minor! Good luck!
wifey2be: it’s nice to hear a success story!
Post # 8
I heard that can be an issue that resolved on its own. Related experience – My husbands very good friend/former boss’ wife is pregnant with twins. At 16 weeks they found out that baby B had an enlarged bladder, and it was only getting “worse”.
Couple this with some irreversable virus and the doctors kept telling them the worst. Well after a treatment (helping the bladder issue) and some rest, baby B’s bladder is back to normal, when they said this would probably not even happen.
Between all of this their umbilical cord wasn’t giving out much oxygen/blood and that the babies wouldn’t make it. Fast forward to this Wednesday (20wks) (they go every wednesday for an ultrasound) and the babies are back to normal! Miracle!
Anything abnormal may sound serious but I really wouldn’t worry too much! Just relax, if you can. Hope you’re well otherwise!
Post # 9
I can’t speak to the issue particularly, BUT I was only born with one functioning kidney, which is now massively oversized (in middle school, they said it was the size of an adult males). There are no complications that I’ve ever been told for having a larger kidney, other than having periodic ultrasounds to ensure things were functioning normal.
FWIW though, the doctors told my mom that hearing and kidneys develop around the same time, and had me tested for any hearing loss when I was born. Not to freak you out at all, but something to be aware of if the kidney weirdness persists.