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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)
Small Urinary Bladder
An ultrasound at 16 weeks, no fetal urinary bladder was seen. They had me come back the next day and a small urinary bladder was seen, but this emptied quickly. The kidneys were not seen, but prominent adrenals. They said the amniotic fluid around the baby was normal. Should I be worried? When should we do the next ultrasound?
This is a difficult question to answer. The key is that the amniotic fluid is normal and that the bladder was visualized. I would get a follow-up ultrasound in 4 to 6 weeks. If the bladder is visualized and the kidneys are normal, then everything should be normal for the baby from the standpoint of the urinary tract.
Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University