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#1 of 2 Old 02-07-2011, 01:51 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking for some mamas that might have gone through the hydronephrosis journey.  I know there are some thread a few years old, but I haven't found much new.


DS2 was diagnosed (incorrectly) with severe bilateral hydronephrosis at an u/s around 30-ish weeks.  Once he was born, it was rediagnosed to moderate hydronephrosis of the right kidney only.  The first specialist we saw was terrible to us because I wouldn't put him on prophylactic abx without proof of reflux.  I consented to a VCUG and renal lasix scan to ensure he didn't have reflux and that his kidney was functioning.  We transfered our care elsewhere and that was an acceptable path with the new Dr.  It was found to be a functioning kidney with no reflux, so no abx.  


We agreed to follow his kidney's growth with ultrasound.  A year ago, it still had not improved, but had not gotten worse.  He just seemed to have a larger than average kidney that was growing at the same rate as his body.  We were told his chances at this point of needing surgery were <5% (at birth we had been told around 75%).  We just needed annual u/s for a couple of years, then another around puberty and we were good to go.


He's now 2 and a half.  Needless to say, we were thrown for a loop a couple weeks ago when he went for his annual u/s and we were told that his kidney had more than doubled in size in the past year and we needed to do another renal lasix scan and his chances of needing surgery to remove a blockage in his ureter were at more than 50%.


He doesn't appear to be in any pain, but we were told that there is a possibility his kidney can just shut down with no symptoms so one day he will have only one functioning kidney.  It was severe enough that the previously conservative Dr. said if a lasix scan were not an option, he would recommend surgery immediately.


I'm not sure what my questions really are, just hoping someone else may have gone through some of this and looking for a little support.



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I'm not sure I'll be able to help much with this but here goes- I'm 17, and I was diagnosed (after many months and tests and pain) with hydronephrosis when I was 12 or 13. At the time I was in public school and eating their lunches, the high salt content was causing me severe back pain. They told me my left kidney was 3cm larger than it should be, but it seemed to be working alright (a little slower than the right) and they weren't going to treat it. The doctor basically told me I'd have to put up with it, but the pain was unbearable. We decided to cut salt and most diuretics (which fill the kidney causing pain) and the next year I coincidentally started homeschooling so that got rid of the salty school food. Cutting salt made a huge difference and I barely feel pain anymore. I do drink caffeinated tea, but it doesn't cause me any problems except for having to pee often. So basically they said it wasn't a problem for me, but it seems like your sons case may be different than mine. Anyways, I hope that if you don't have to put him through surgery or treatment the no salt tip will help. It also helped lower my dads blood pressure. Good luck!

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