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Bilateral Renal Agenesis is the absence of both kidneys at birth. It is a genetic disorder characterized by a failure of the kidneys to develop in a fetus. This absence of kidneys causes a deficiency of amniotic fluid (Oligohydramnios) in a pregnant woman. Normally, the amniotic fluid acts as a cushion for the developing fetus. When there is an insufficient amount of this fluid, compression of the fetus may occur resulting in further malformations of the baby. This disorder is more common in infants born of a parent who has a kidney malformation, particularly the absence of one kidney (unilateral renal agenesis).
HOW IS RENAL AGENESIS DIAGNOSED?
Renal agenesis is typically diagnosed during routine prenatal ultrasounds. When BRA is identified, prenatal MRI can be used to confirm the complete absence of both kidneys.
HOW IS RENAL AGENESIS TREATED?
Treatment for Renal Agenesis includes dialysis in the initial stages depending on the severity of the condition. However, once they are older, kidney transplant is done.
DID YOU KNOW?
This condition is extremely rare and occurs in less than one percent of births annually in the United States.