What tests are used to diagnose ureteral duplication?
A duplex kidney is most commonly diagnosed by using an ultrasound scan. This is a simple test that looks at the kidney and it is not painful. Sometimes it is necessary to do additional tests, which can include a VCUG, where a catheter is placed into the bladder and X-rays are taken as the bladder is filled. Another test used to diagnose this condition is a renogram, where the function of the kidney is evaluated.
If your child is diagnosed upon prenatal ultrasound scan, you can visit a urologist before and/or after the child is born. If your child has multiple recurrent urinary tract infections, it is important to visit a urologist to figure out why the infections continue to come back. It is always important to visit your primary care physician first.
How do doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado make a diagnosis?
The diagnosis is made by imaging studies, such as X-rays and ultrasounds by the urology department.