Antenatal renal pelvic dilatation; the long-term outlook

K. A. Duncan

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    AIM: The purpose of this study was twofold: first to provide data for more accurate counselling of parents with regard to prognosis, and second, to ensure that by following a policy of selective micturating cystourethography (MCUG), significant pathology is not missed, in particular vesicoureteric reflux (VUR). (MCUG is only undertaken if the renal pelvic diameter (RPD) is >= 10 mm or if there is calyceal or ureteric dilatation.)

    MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data were collected prospectively over a 6-year period. Pre and postnatal imaging finding were collected for all infants in whom a RPD of >= 5 mm was identified at any gestational age. The imaging records of all patients were reviewed in 2005 for evidence of pathology detected after re-presentation with symptoms. The age range at review varied from 2-8 years.

    RESULTS: Complete data were available in 527 infants. The risk of significant pathology was related to the degree of antenatal renal pelvic dilatation varying from 6% for a RPD of 5 mm at 20 weeks gestation to 38% at 10mm. At 28-33 weeks gestation the risk varied from 5% at 5 mm to 15% at 10 mm. Subsequent imaging record review revealed only one patient with grade II VUR in the study population not picked up by our selective MCUG policy.

    CONCLUSION: The present study provides prognostic information that can be given to parents both antenatally and postnatally, and reassurance that a selective MCUG policy is appropriate.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)134-139
    Number of pages6
    JournalClinical Radiology
    Issue number2
    Early online date3 Jan 2007
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007


    • vesicoureteral reflux
    • fetal pyelectasis
    • predictive-value
    • hydronephrosis
    • ultrasonography
    • diameter
    • management
    • ultrasound
    • diagnosis


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