• question-icon

    Is a repeated DMSA test for a ureteroceles patient harmful for the kidney?

default
Posted on Thu, 26 May 2016 in X-ray, Lab tests and Scans
Question: Hello Doctor,

My husband has ureteroceles with his kidneys and he has left moderate hydrouteronephrosis. . For this condition we did IVP test , MCUG test , DMSA SCAN..
Also he has back pain problem for that we have taken some 4 x rays.

Now again for the kidney issue the doctor is suggesting for DMSA again....

I am bit Concernced about repeated exposure... Will it harm him ....
We have put on hold the DMSA scan due to our concerns...Kindly help
doctor
Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
It is generally not harmful.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Thanks for writing to HCM ,
I've gone through your query and understand your concern.

It is right that there is radiation exposure to patients due to these investigations.
But combined radiation dose delivered to your husband due to these procedures are far below the maximum allowable safe dose.

DMSA scan gives the same amount of radiation dose that person would be exposed to in between 6 months to one year.
It may be needed for proper management,so I suggest to go for DMSA scan.
Don't worry about exposure.It is generally not harmful.

Get well soon.

Hope I have answered your query.
Further queries are most welcome.

Take Care
Dr. Indu XXXXXXX
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Sonia Raina
doctor
default
Follow up: Dr. Indu Kumar 46 hours later
Hello Doctor

Thanks for your inputs.

After doing the DMSA scans are there any special precautions or diet we need to follow.

Most of my neighbours scared us with ongoing Tests and scans.

doctor
Answered by Dr. Indu Kumar 3 hours later
Brief Answer:
Patients are advised to drink plenty of water.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Welcome back.
Thank you for follow up query.

There is no need to be so scared.
No special precautions are generally needed but patients are advised to drink plenty of water.

Get well soon.

Hope I have answered your query.
Further queries are most welcome.

Take Care
Dr. Indu XXXXXXX
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Deepak
doctor
Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Indu Kumar

Radiologist

Practicing since :2004

Answered : 6727 Questions

premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on

Recent questions on  Back pain

doctor1 MD

Hellow doctor My name is Reshma Chavan I am 32 yrs married having 1 baby boy 2 yrs....I am working in a pvt firm. since last 6 months i am having...

doctor1 MD

I have had multiple viruses infections etc in the last 6 mos the last one started off as a throat infection and ended up having mastitis now I have...

doctor1 MD

Female, age 56, height 5 9 , weight 198 lbs. Six months ago I fell on my right side from a standing position ( my foot slipped sideways on a...

doctor1 MD

My husband has had cyatica (sp?) pains for the past three days...lower back pain, radiating down the buttox to the lower leg. Tonight, it has...

doctor1 MD

I get a lower back pain which is excrucitating right after my cycle ends.its remians for 4-5 days. And have to take painkillers.Its very...

doctor1 MD

very small amount of brownish discharge after wiping, I finished my period just under 2 weeks ago, although I can't be precise. any reason for this?

doctor1 MD

I am 77 and take heart disease medications. I have lower back pain , am fatigued and joint pain. Suggestions?

Get personalised answers from verified doctor in minutes across 80+ specialties

167 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM Blog Questions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction
Questions Answered By Dr. Indu Kumar
  • Q - Been sick. Started with fatigue and blurred vision. Have diarrhea and...

  • Q - How to get rid of constipation?

  • Q - Intense pains in legs and have a meniscus injury. Having lower body...

  • Q - Alcoholic and type two diabetic. What does the blood result indicate?

  • Q - Smell in urine. Epididymitis attack with pain at the base of penis....

  • Q - Experiencing pain in lower left abdomen. Painful to push and frequent...

  • Q - Noticed spotting after sex. Is this sign of pregnancy?

  • Q - Seem to be having gallbladder attack. Undergone gall bladder removal....

  • Q - Tightness in the testicles and pain in tip of the penis. Underlying cause?

  • Q - Taking statin. Found a small benign liver cyst in CT scan. Are they...

backtotop2