Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease

Case contributed by Dr Alexandra Stanislavsky


Referral for tertiary review at 34 weeks of gestation.

Patient Data

Gender: Female

Antenatal ultrasound

Bilaterally enlarged, echogenic kidneys with loss of corticomedullary differentiation and multiple tiny cystic spaces. Although very abnormal in appearance, the kidneys maintain their reniform shape. Note also the presence of oligohydramnios.  


Postnatal ultrasound - left kidney

The ultrasound performed shortly after birth shows essentially the same features as the antenatal ultrasound, with enlarged echogenic kidneys, without corticomedullary differentiation. No hepatic or biliary tree abnormality identified (not shown). 

Case Discussion

Pre and postnatal appearance in a case of autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease, associated with oligohydramnios.

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Case information

rID: 14079
Published: 22nd Jun 2011
Last edited: 10th Feb 2020
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