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Abdomen » Kidneys/Ureters
Horseshoe kidney
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Author(s) :
Chaitali Shah, FRCR
Presentation This is an incidental finding in a young man who had an abdominal ultrasound for other reasons.
Caption: Sagittal scans of the renal fossa on either side
Description: The right and left kidneys are demonstrated here. The inferior poles of both the kidneys appear to be more medially directed.
Caption: Midline transverse view
Description: There is a band of renal tissue anterior to the aorta, connecting the two kidneys. This is characteristic of horseshoe kidney.
Caption: Transverse midline color Doppler image
Description: The band of renal tissue, also called the isthmus, is again demonstrated anterior to the aorta.
Caption: Axial CT scan of the abdomen
Description: The isthmus of the horseshoe kidney is well demonstrated here, anterior to the aorta.
Differential Diagnosis Horseshoe kidney
Final Diagnosis Horseshoe kidney
Follow Up CT scan confirmed the ultrasound findings of horseshoe shaped kidney.
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