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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Horseshoe kidney and pelvic kidney

12/04/2006

Question:

Does that mean I would have had three kidneys because a horshoe kidney is two kidneys not divided properly?

Answer:

A horseshoe kidney is a bad name for for a relatively common situation. All this means is that the bottom of the two kidneys are fused together making it seem as if one has one kidney in the shape of a "horseshoe." However people with "horseshoe" kidneys truly have only 2 kidneys and usually have no other issues. Outside of the fact the bottom of the kidneys are fused together, they are typically normal.

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Response by:

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