Category Archives: Pediatric Issues

Hello. My now, 5 year old son, when I was pregnant, he had fluid on his kidneys and was born with hydronephrosis. He had his checkups every 6 months up until we moved to another country in 2016. He was doing OK. No problems up until 2 months ago, he had been complaining of back pain, so I took him to get a sonogram to check fluid and he had little, not as much as he had before, and he had blood and urine tests done. The tests came back that he had a kidney infection. He was put on antibiotics. After he finished his medicine, the pain continued so I took him to a kidney specialist and all he did was tell me to go get him a US renal sonogram and get his urine and blood work. So I took him to get the sonogram. Doctor said he had no fluid on either kidney. The right kidney was 86x33x37mm and 10.6mm, his left was 82x33x39mm and 13mm. Doctor said no fluid on his kidneys, which was a relief but she said his spleen was swollen. She told me a child his age should be 105mm but my son was 116mm and she told me to wait for his blood and urine test results to come back to see if it’s from an infection or if not, then it’s normal. I am still waiting on his results but my question is what should I do next? Who should I take him to next? Should I worry with us being in another country? The health care is not anywhere close to the United States and that has me worried. Do I take the results and sonogram information back to the kidney specialist or should I see someone else? Any and all help and information would be very much appreciated. If you need more information or any questions, please contact me.

I am an adult nephrologist and I have no expertise with children. I would offer two recommendations. In most cases, I would have your son evaluated first by a pediatrician, rather than going directly to a kidney specialist. A pediatrician … Continue reading

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

I have just found out today that my 14 year old son has a dilated renal pelvis and dilated ureter. The Mag-3 study suggests no VUR and it reads as if the kidney has cleared the isotope spontaneously but, says slow perfusion. The previous ultrasound only showed dilated distal ureter. Can you tell me how urgently I should expect to see a pediatric nephrologist? I am worried delay will cause more damage. His left kidney is already scarred and significantly impaired. I just don’t want to sit and wait weeks if its something requiring more urgent care. I hope you can provide some guidance.

The problem that you describe is a urological problem and must be addressed to a urologist. I am an adult nephrologist and I have no expertise in obstructive disease of the urinary tract and no expertise in the surgical management … Continue reading

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

What is meant by left kidney small in size measuring 1.6* 1 cm with few small cyst (4 in no) of size 2-4 mm for a 4 month old baby? Is it dangerous?

I am an adult nephrologist and I do not have expertise regarding infants and children. You should discuss this result with your pediatrician or a pediatric Urologist.

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

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

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

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 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 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