Category Archives: Pregnancy / Kids

Hello doctor. I had to terminate my 19 weeks fetus as he was having multicystic kidney dysplasia. The case happened in September 2018. I wanted to know will the problem repeat in my next pregnancies?

This is a difficult question to answer, because it depends on the degree to which a specific diagnosis was made. Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney Disease (MCDKD) is a complex disorder that can sometimes be confused with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease … Continue reading

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Hello, doctor. I’m a mother with a 2 month old baby. I was diagnosed of IgA nephropathy since 2010. Will it still be okay to breastfeed my baby though I’m drinking prednisone and furosemide? I know it will affect my milk, and if so, will I ever breastfeed her again? Or once I stop my medications can my baby still drink my milk?

Prednisone should not pose any risk to your infant as long as you are not on high doses of prednisone. Furosemide is more of a problem. I suggest that you visit with your pediatrician about this and determine what is … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medication and Kidney Function, Nephrologist, Pediatric Issues

Dr., A boy who is 12 years old has kidney issues. One kidney is removed about 2.5 years ago. Now the 2nd kidney has some blockage. The Doctor suggests that if we operate on blockage then he needs dialysis for a lifetime. We are in trouble. Can you suggest? Please, Dr. help us.

Blockage of the kidney is a urological problem and usually evaluated by a Urologist. I am a nephrologist and I have no surgical expertise. You should consult with a urologist about options that might be available for this young boy. … Continue reading

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How serious for 37 weeks fetal gross hydronephrosis noted on right side? AP diameter of renal pelvis is about 24mm. Mild left hydronephroureter and left hypoplastic left lung.

I am an adult nephrologist and do not have any expertise in children or pre-natal diagnosis of kidney disease. This question should be addressed to a high risk obstetrician or a pediatric urologist.

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Pregnancy / Kids

I am 6 months pregnant with severe hydronephrosis in right kidney, and mild in the left, bladder is emptying good, but the PAIN from the right side resembles a kidney stone. ( I’ve had one before). I’ve noticed with working (landscaping, hard manual labor) it seems to hurt worse. My legs and feet have begun to swell, which is causing my severe bunions to become excruciating. I have presented to the OB triage twice and both doctors that were on call have completely dismissed my pain. I want to request to be taken out of work due to this, but how, when I’m being brushed off as a whiny patient?

I have no expertise in obstetrics but the hydronephrosis can be seen in a normal pregnancy but it also could mean obstruction from kidney stones. Kidney stones are more common during pregnancy. I suggest that you consult with your obstetrician … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Hydronephrosis and Hydroureter, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Pregnancy / Kids

A girl after pregnancy diagnosed with both kidney failure. Suggestion please?

It is certainly possible that someone could develop kidney failure after pregnancy. There are a number of kidney diseases that can complicate pregnancy including systemic lupus erythematosis, scleroderma, post partum kidney failure, and other forms of nephritis. In some cases, … Continue reading

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My 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with extrarenal pelvis. She was seen in the ER in October for a severe UTI, since then she got UTI three more times! She had an ultrasound last week & that was how they discovered it. Her pediatrician said this isn’t a problem & won’t cause her to have more UTI’s? Should I take her to see a specialist? And will this affect her later on in life?

I am an adult nephrologist and do not see children. In this case, I suggest that your daughter see a pediatric urologist. It is true that an extra-renal pelvis does not typically cause any problems, however, if she is young … Continue reading

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Hi my daughter is 3 she has had kidney hydrophonosis in her left kidney since I was 24 weeks pregnant. It was diagnosed as a common problem and she was put on trimethoprim from the day of birth. I was told every appointment it would go away; as she grew it never did. 4 weeks ago the consultant said to take her off her long term medication because the kidney swelling has been static for most of the 3 years and she has never had a urinary issue ever. When she came off she developed her first kidney infection 2 weeks after being taken off the antibiotics, this was her first ever urinary issue. She was put on co-amoxiclov for 3 days which clears it up within 3 days. She had another infection. She was then put on trimethoprim a higher dose for 3 days which hasn’t cleared the infection. She is in pain and has the doctors again tomorrow. Her urine has been consistently full of blood, protein, nitrates and leukocytes. I have been updating the consultant on how she is doing and that she is now suffering from repeated infections to which he states she needs consecutive infection to move onto any other plan of action. He will give me no answer as to when I have to let this continue to, she is ill and they won’t listen to me. Could you please give me an idea of what to do from here? And what might need to be done now? I’m so, so sorry this is so long but it’s so hard to watch her like this and have no help. Thank you.

I am an adult nephrologist and I have no expertise in the treatment of childhood urological illnesses. The problem that you describe is a urological disease and must be evaluated and treated by a urologist. I recommend that you consult … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Hydronephrosis and Hydroureter, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Pediatric Issues, Urological Issues

My daughter has Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome, and was recently diagnosed with medullary sponge kidney. Her symptoms, frequent UTIs, blood clots in the urine, extreme back pain, and numerous kidney stones became worse after she became pregnant and after the birth of her child. Is there any information available about risks to her health associated with another pregnancy?

I am not familiar with the manifestations of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome and have no experience with this genetic disorder. I am unaware of any information about pregnancy and this disease. Medullary sponge kidney is a relatively common disorder that can be … Continue reading

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Greetings, My eldest daughter was born on 12th November, 2017. She was healthy and developmentally normal till 7 months of age when she developed diarrhea that rapidly progressed to acute kidney failure. Ultrasound at this stage showed nephrocalcinosis, and so her condition progressed to chronic kidney disease. She passed away on 10th November, 2018, before we could get her genetic testing done to find out the underlying metabolic cause of nephrocalcinosis. I’m pregnant again, and we want to know which blood, urine and radiological tests need to be done for this baby in order to find out the metabolic disorder (if any, God forbid) that can later on cause nephrocalcinosis? And how soon should these tests be carried out after birth? Looking forward to your response.

I am an adult nephrologist and do not see infants or children. I am unaware of any blood or urine tests that can diagnose Nephrocalcinosis in an infant or fetus. I would suggest that you consult with a geneticist or … Continue reading

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