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Urinary Disorders

Extrarenal Pelvis

12/14/2009

Question:

My 21 yr daughter had a renal scan last week and was told today that she had an extrarenal pelvis. What does this mean and do we need to seek further medical attention?

Answer:

An extra renal pelvis is a normal anatomic variant and generally requires no further work up. It can mimic obstructions to the kidney such as ureteropelic junction obstruction or hydronephrosis.

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Response by:

Donald R Bodner, MD Donald R Bodner, MD
Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University