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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)
I am 21 weeks pregnant with twins (boy/girl), and my anatomy scan last week showed Pyelectasis in both babies. I was told this is indication of higher risk for down syndrome. Is that true? Would there by any other problems with this condition? How worried should I be?
The term "pyelectasis" means the kidneys are slightly dilated. Mild dilation of the kidneys is very common and usually is not a sign of a major medical problem. The majority of such kids are otherwise normal. These children typically are evaluated after birth to see how much dilation might be present.
Rama Jayanthi, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University