Ectopic Kidney

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Last Updated: 09 May 2022
pelvic ectopic kidney labeled, showing the pelvis, bladder, ureters, and kidneys "pelvic ectopic kidney labeled, showing the pelvis, bladder, ureters, and kidneys", by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Drawing of a pelvic ectopic kidney labeled, showing the pelvis, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. The kidney on the right is in the normal position, several inches above the bladder. The kidney on the left is...

An ectopic kidney is a kidney located below, over, or on the opposite side of the kidney's normal position in the urinary system. An ectopic kidney usually does not cause any symptoms or wellness troubles, and many individuals never discover that they have the condition. When an ectopic kidney occurs throughout development, the kidney stays in the pelvis near the bladder; stops going up too early and stays in the lower abdominal area; moves too high up in the abdomen; crosses over the center of the body and often turns into, or signs up with, the other kidney, with both kidneys on the same side of the body. When the kidney stays in the hips, it is called a pelvic kidney. If the kidney crosses to the opposite of the body, it is called crossed renal ectopia. An ectopic kidney is an abnormality that happens while the fetus is developing.

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