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Had bilateral reimplantation, deflux. One year Post operative ultrasound shows mild renal atrophy. Serious?

My daughter had bilateral reimplantaion and deflux. She has been cleared of her grade 5 reflux , down to a 0/1, but her 1-year post-op US just showed a mild renal atrophy . Is this of concern, or is this simply the one kidney that was more affected by the recurring infections is delayed in growth? I ve known one was behind from previous scans, but have never heard the words MILD RENAL ATROPHY and am wondering if I am worrying about nothing.
Asked On : Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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Welcome to HCM.
The reason to correct reflux is to save the kidneys due to damaging effect of the reflux of urine to the kidneys.
The kidneys could well have been affected by the reflux already and hence renal atrophy is quite possible.
We usually check kidney function ( ISOTOPE RENOGRAM) periodically, say every 6 months to one year.
Pls contact your doc for followup protocol.
Answered: Wed, 2 Jan 2013
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