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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Kidney reflux and weight loss

01/30/2008

Question:

My granddaughter has kidney reflux bilateral grade 3 to 4 and she is not graining weight as she should. She was 7.5 lbs at birth and is now 11.8 lbs at 3 months old. She has been in the hospital twice for failure to thrive. Is this a symptom of the kidney reflux?

Answer:

It could be a result of reduced or impaired kidney function, urinary infection, or electrolyte abnormalities, but there are also many other potential causes. A pediatric nephrologist and pediatric endocrinologist would be able to identify the cause.

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Response by:

Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University