Friday, November 11, 2011

Horseshoe Kidney Update

These photos are compliments of Google Imaging.

So today was our follow-up with the urologist. We had heard from his MRI that he had a horseshoe kidney, but didn't really know what it meant... The urologist informed us of the following:

  • The "horseshoe kidney" is present in approximately 1 out of every 500 births.
  • It is usually higher in identical twins (Logan was a twin, but we miscarried).
  •  It will not necessarily pose a problem. We just have to be cautious if he runs a fever without explanation or he experiences pain in his abdomen.
  • He will NOT be able to participate in contact sports because of the location of his kidneys (behind his belly button...not the usual up in the back protected by the ribs).
  • Due to his previous bladder infection he believes that there may be a reflux issue with the kidney...but given that he has had only 1 known bladder infection we are going to hold off on any further testing (unless he has another UTI). 
  • Most people have no loss of regular kidney function with this.
We really liked the pediatric urologist that we met with today. He is supposed to be the "best" in all of Indiana. After speaking with him I think that he is definitely a very knowledgeable doctor...and has great bedside manner! He is a busy guy...he travels to Evansville, Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and South Bend! 

He said we are free from visiting him for another 2 years! :) He will check Logan every other year unless symptoms surface...keeping our fingers crossed that he experiences zero symptoms!

Thanks for taking the time to keep updated on our sweet boy!!!  


  1. My daughter possible have horseshoe kidney. How is ur son doing?

  2. My son is doing well as far as the horseshoe kidney. Since diagnosis there haven't been any problems with his kidneys or bladder. I wish you and your daughter the best!