Renal atrophy

Renal atrophy refers to a shrunken small appearance to the kidneys usually due to a secondary cause which contrasts with renal hypoplasia which is the term given to a congenitally small kidney.

Renal atrophy can be unilateral or bilateral dependent on the cause and when unilateral, the left kidney is thought to be more affected 2.



Some of the causes of renal atrophy include

Article information

rID: 88347
System: Urogenital
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Atrophied kidneys
  • Kidney atrophy
  • Atrophy of kidneys

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: from obstructive uropathy
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  • Case 2: due to chronic kidney disease
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