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How common is horseshoe kidney?

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The condition isn’t common -- about 1 in 500 babies have it, boys more often than girls. And many kids won’t have serious health issues because of it.

However, about one in three children with fused kidneys will also have a problem with their heart, blood vessels, nervous system, reproductive or urinary systems, digestive system, or bones. There’s no cure for renal fusion, but your child’s doctor can help him manage those conditions.

From: What Is Horseshoe Kidney? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Boston Children’s Hospital: “Horseshoe Kidney in Children,” “Horseshoe Kidney Symptoms & Causes,” “Treatments for Horseshoe Kidney in Children.” 

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Horseshoe Kidney (Renal Fusion) in Children.”

Merriam-Webster: “Genitourinary tract.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Symptoms & Causes of Kidney Stones in Children.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “What is a chromosome?” “What is DNA?” “Turner Syndrome,” “Trisomy 18.” 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on January 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Boston Children’s Hospital: “Horseshoe Kidney in Children,” “Horseshoe Kidney Symptoms & Causes,” “Treatments for Horseshoe Kidney in Children.” 

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Horseshoe Kidney (Renal Fusion) in Children.”

Merriam-Webster: “Genitourinary tract.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Symptoms & Causes of Kidney Stones in Children.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine: “What is a chromosome?” “What is DNA?” “Turner Syndrome,” “Trisomy 18.” 

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on January 23, 2018

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