Prenatal Ultrasound of Multicystic Kidney

Note the black areas (cysts) that do no communicate. There is no renal parenchyma. This is a typical ultrasound appearance of a multi-cystic kidney. Multicystic kidneys almost always occur unilaterally. What would happen to this child if both kidneys were multi-cystic kidneys?

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©David A. Hatch, M.D., 1996