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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Permenent damage to kidney due to small scar

02/24/2006

Question:

My daughter who is 15 months of age has one small scar on her kidney following a urine infection. Is there permenent damage. Could this affect her level of growth?

Answer:

Scars in the kidneys can increase the risk of high blood pressure. Realistically, "small scars" probably will not have much effect, and as long as total renal function is normal, growth of the child should not be affected. Scars mean permanent damage but fortunately we are all born with so much kidney tissue that a small scar may not mean much. The main thing is to prevent any further injury.

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Response by:

Rama   Jayanthi, MD Rama Jayanthi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University