Imaging Cystic Kidneys in Children

  • Fred E. Avni


Renal cystic diseases may be discovered or suspected at any gestational week during fetal life or at any age in childhood. They encompass a large number of conditions that can be separated according to whether or not they are hereditarily transmitted (Table 1). Imaging, mainly ultrasound (US), but also computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in selected indications, plays an important role in differentiating between the various types of cystic diseases, by showing the characteristics of renal involvement as well as associated anomalies [1, 2, 3, 4, 5].
Table 1.

Classification of cystic diseases of the kidney in the fetus and in children


Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease Renal Cyst Cystic Disease Fetal Magnetic Resonance Imaging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fred E. Avni
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity Clinics of Brussels, Erasme HospitalBrusselsBelgium

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