How serious is it for a 24 week old Male fetus to have an enlarged Kidney?

Tammy - posted on 09/10/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am 24 weeks pregnant with my son and have just been told that one of his kidneys is enlaged. The doctor was not concerned and said this is very common in male fetuses. He said that they will recheck in a couple of months, but that I should not worry. Unfortunately, I can't help but worry. I've been reading things on the internet and getting information from it resolving itself, to baby's actually losing one of their kidneys. Does anyone have any good solid information they can share? I would really appreciate it!!

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Tammy - posted on 09/10/2013

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Thanks so much for your response!! Believe it or not with all that I've been reading, your response actually let me take a deep breath, let it out and relax a bit. My husband and I have gone through a lot to get pregnant so I'm a bit protective and I don't want anything to happen, I appreciate your quick response and I'll keep you posted to any changes.

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Joy - posted on 09/10/2013

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I was told the same thing on my 26 week ultrasound. But like u had mentioned my OB was not really concerned about it. Happens to a lot of babies. 24 weeks is just halfway through the pregnancy and your baby has a lot more to grow. The doctors being not alarmed just means you probably shouldn't worry too much because to start with no two kidneys are exactly the same size. If anything at all your pedia will order an ultrasound for when baby comes to check up on things. More likely than not, the smaller kidney would have caught up to the size of the bigger one. My OB is almost retiring and she's seen this happen more times than she would have time to count and none turned out to be as extreme as losing the other kidney. So just relax and enjoy your pregnancy.

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