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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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Kidney Biopsy, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Pregnancy / Kids

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Pediatric Issues, Urological Issues

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney Stones, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Medullary Sponge Kidney, Pregnancy / Kids

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

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Birth Defects/Urinary Tract Abnormalities, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Nephrologist, Pregnancy / Kids

My daughter was born with two kidneys, but lost one after birth. She is very healthy as far as we know with the one kidney life style she is leading. We go see her kidney doctor every year. My concern is that all he wants to check is her blood pressure. He doesn’t ever take a urine sample or a blood test. I was just wondering why? Thank you.

Both I and the National Kidney Foundation would recommend that blood and urine testing for kidney disease to be done annually in anyone at risk for chronic kidney disease (CKD).  If your daughter is still a child, and she has … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Blood/Urine Testing For Kidney Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Pediatric Issues

My partner was born with a birth defect where his one and only kidney formed in his groin area and was scarred. My partner has since had a successful kidney transplant in May 2018 after starting dialysis in December 2016. His amazing kidney kept him alive until he was 36 years old and finally its function was below 7% in December 2016. We are now pregnant after trying for 3 years :). Are his genetics likely to cause my baby problems in the same way? We have come off some of the medication that can cause issues to my partner’s sperm in preparation for this pregnancy 2 months before we conceived. I am, however, in full health. Would appreciate your advise. Thanks.

Your partner likely had a syndrome that is generally referred to as “Congenital Abnormalities of the Kidney and Urinary  Tract” (CAKUT). This syndrome is likely related to genetic abnormalities but the genetics are very complex. It is difficult to know, … Continue reading

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

My son, who is 4, has been told that his right kidney had shrunk since last Friday. What could be the cause of that?

I do not believe that a kidney can shrink in a very short time. I am an adult nephrologist and do not see children. In most cases, I would guess that a small kidney in a 4 year old would … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Pediatric Issues

Hello Dr. Spry, my 5 yo daughter has mild hydronephrosis (right kidney) and vomiting episodes where she quickly becomes acidotic. Her urologist ordered a Mag3 test to be completed soon to find out more. The urologist as well as the hematologist weren’t sure if the hydronephrosis could be contributing to my daughter’s unexplained ongoing normochromic/normocytic anemia, so I wanted to reach out to get your thoughts to see if the two could be possibly connected. Her erythropoietin level was at 8 which was lower than expected for a hemoglobin of 9. Thanks.

I do not know of any association between blockage of the kidney (hydronephrosis) and anemia. If the kidney damage was present in both kidneys and there was associated kidney failure, then anemia related to kidney failure could be present. The … Continue reading

Posted in Anemia, Ask the Doctor, Chronic Kidney Disease, Hydronephrosis and Hydroureter, Kidney Failure, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Pediatric Issues

Dear Dr, my 6 year old daughter has constant nose bleeds and swelling near the ankles. I took her to the Pediatrician and he sent for some lab work. Her BUN/CREAT ratio is 60. Is this high level common? He cannot see her until a few days. Thanks.

The Blood Urea Nitrogen to creatinine ratio (BUN/CREAT ratio) is not commonly used to estimate kidney function. An elevated ratio can suggest dehydration. An elevated BUN/CREAT ratio can also suggest that there is bleeding that is occurring and getting into … Continue reading

Posted in Ask the Doctor, Kidney-Related Health Questions, Laboratory Testing, Pediatric Issues