Congenital megacalycosis diagnosed during the study of antenatal hydronephrosis. Case report

Servicio de Pediatría. Hospital General de Albacete.
Anales espanoles de pediatria 02/2001; 54(1):74-7.
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We describe a case of megacalycosis in a newborn female with a probable antenatal ultrasonographic diagnosis of left multicystic dysplastic kidney. Uroradiology, ultrasonography and nuclear medicine studies were performed and diagnosis was established by excretory urogram. We have found only one previously published case of megacalycosis in which diagnosis was made during the postnatal study of antenatal hydronephrosis. Megacalycosis should be included in the differential diagnosis of prenatal hydronephrosis.

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