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Management of antenatally detected kidney malformations

Yulia, A; Winyard, P; (2018) Management of antenatally detected kidney malformations. Early Human Development , 126 pp. 38-46. 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.08.017. Green open access

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Abstract

Congenital anomalies of the kidneys and the urinary tract (CAKUT) are one of the most common sonographically identified antenatal malformations. Dilatation of the renal pelvis accounts for the majority of cases, but this is usually mild rather than an indicator of obstructive uropathy. Other conditions such as small through large hyperechogenic and/or cystic kidneys present a significant diagnostic dilemma on routine scanning. Accurate diagnosis and prediction of prognosis is often not possible without a positive family history, although maintenance of adequate amniotic fluid is usually a good sign. Both pre- and postnatal genetic screening is possible for multiple known CAKUT genes but less than a fifth of non-syndromic sporadic cases have detectable monogenic mutations with current technology. In utero management options are limited, with little evidence of benefit from shunting of obstructed systems or installation of artificial amniotic fluid. Often outcome hinges on associated cardiac, neurological or other abnormalities, particularly in syndromic cases. Hence, management centres on a careful assessment of all anomalies and planning for postnatal care. Early delivery is rarely indicated since this exposes the baby to the risks of prematurity in addition to their underlying CAKUT. Parents value discussions with a multidisciplinary team including fetal medicine and paediatric nephrology or urology, with neonatologists to plan perinatal care and clinical geneticists for future risks of CAKUT.

Type: Article
Title: Management of antenatally detected kidney malformations
Location: Ireland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.08.017
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.08.017
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Bright, CAKUT, Dysplastic, Hydronephrosis, Hyperechogenic, LUTO, Multicystic, Polycystic, Prenatal ultrasound, Renal dysplasia
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Developmental Biology and Cancer Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061112
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