Rare case of ectopic kidney reported in NEJM
Dr Catarina Cardoso Almeida and Dr Alexandra Mendonca Vaz at Centro Hospitalar Tondela-Viseu, EPE, Viseu, Portugal have reported a case of ectopic kidney.The case has been reported in New England journal of Medicine.
An ectopic kidney, also known as renal ectopia, is a congenital renal anomaly characterized by the abnormal location of one or both of the kidneys.
Ectopic kidney can occur in several forms:
- cross fused renal ectopia
- ectopic thoracic kidney
- pelvic kidney
Treatment options vary based on whether there are symptoms or complications. If an obstruction is present, surgery may be required for correction of the position of the kidney to allow better drainage of urine. In presence of extensive renal damage, nephrectomy is indicated.
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