Persistent fetal lobulation of the kidneys

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

Persistent fetal lobulation is a normal variant seen occasionally in adult kidneys. It occurs when there is incomplete fusion of the developing renal lobules. Embryologically, the kidneys originate as distinct lobules that fuse as they develop and grow.

Radiographic features

It is often seen on ultrasound, CT or MRI as smooth indentations of the renal outline in between the renal pyramids.

Differential diagnosis

They should be distinguished from renal cortical defects, which generally overlies the pyramids.

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Article information

rID: 6237
System: Urogenital
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Persistent fetal lobulation of kidneys
  • Persistent fetal lobulation
  • Perisitent renal fetal lobulatation
  • Persistent foetal lobulation
  • Persistent foetal lobulation of kidneys

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: persistant lobulation in left hypoplastic kidney
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