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What are the future complication in the fetus with 50% kidney functioning?

Hi, My daughter has just come back from a 31 week scan,as the baby was observed at 20 weeks to have a blockage of the bladder.She has been told the kidneys have 100% function in one and 50% in the other,the amniotic fluid level has been fine all the way through,what is the likely prognosis after birth.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017
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Dear parent,
This condition is called antenatal hydronephrosis.In this case a ultrasound scan should be done after birth and if there is a blockage if it's removed then the function of kidney would improve.As far as the survival is considered,child will grow well and have normal life span even with one kidney.Since one kidney is 100%functioning u need not worry about survival.Regular ultrasonography scans and follow up is necessary
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