Pediatric Duplex Kidney

Pediatric Duplex Kidney

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Summary

Duplex kidney causes two ureters (tube that drains urine into the bladder) that normally come from each kidney to come from a single kidney instead.

Expanded overview

In a normal urinary system, each of a child’s kidneys is connected to a single ureter (tube that drains urine into the bladder). In a child with a duplex kidney, two ureters are coming from a single kidney. Duplex kidneys can occur in only one or both kidneys. Duplex kidneys – also known as a duplicated collecting system – are a fairly common condition in healthy children, and usually do not require treatment.

Causes

The cause of duplex kidney is unknown, but is most likely due to genetic factors.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a duplex kidney include:

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