Finding comfort and hydronephrosis care close to home
AJ Arria was diagnosed and treated at Boston Children’s for hydronephrosis – a urological condition where urine backs up into the kidneys. Every child has a favorite thing. Some find comfort in the softness of a blanket, while others prefer snuggling a stuffed animal. Whatever the soothing item is, every parent cringes at the thought of misplacing it. Michelle Arria remembers the day her 18-month-old son Anthony James (AJ) visited Boston Children’s Hospital for testing. It was the day his favorite blanket was lost. “Testing was about to begin, and I went to get AJ’s blanket, and it was nowhere to be fo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - January 27, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Boston Children's at Peabody Hydronephrosis minimally invasive surgery Richard Yu urology Source Type: news

Congenital Anomalies of the Kidney and Urinary Tract
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract are extremely common and are often diagnosed prenatally. Abnormalities may result in hydronephrosis, whether unilateral or bilateral, or in small dysplatic kidneys. It is important to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of the renal and urinary tract anomaly to provide timely intervention and preservation of renal function. (Source: NeoReviews recent issues)
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - January 4, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Poudel, A., Afshan, S., Dixit, M. Tags: Pediatric Drug Labeling Update Articles Source Type: news

Robotic surgery gives Connecticut toddler born with kidney defect a fresh start
Payton Grassia and her mom, Jessica Payton Grassia is all things preschooler. She loves finger painting and outdoor play, has a “big personality,” her mom says, and recently added big sister to her list of credentials. But beyond her sweet smile and playful charm, this spunky three-and-a-half-year-old is also a fighter. And her fight began before she was even born. Prenatal testing While pregnant, Payton’s mom, Jessica Grassia, had an amniocentesis, a test used to identify potential congenital defects in babies. The test revealed that her unborn baby, at 28 weeks in utero, had a duplex collecting system—a normal f...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 23, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: All posts Diseases & conditions Our patients’ stories Source Type: news

What Factors Decide Urolithiasis Treatment?
Discussion Although pediatric uroliathiasis is relatively rare, there has been an increasing number of children evaluated for renal stones over time. For an overview of uroliathiasis click here. Renal colic classically has paroxysmal pain that is severe, radiates toward the groin and the patient is not able to find a comfortable position. They may also have irritability, nausea, emesis, increased urinary frequency, dysuria and hematuria. 85-90% of patients will have macro- or microscopic hematuria but up to 15% of patients with urolithiasis will not have hematuria. Clinical differential diagnosis includes but is not limit...
Source: - October 13, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Continuous antibiotics not necessary for many children with common prenatal abnormality
(Nationwide Children's Hospital) Up to 5 percent of all prenatal ultrasounds uncover antenatal hydronephrosis, or enlarged kidneys, the most commonly detected prenatal abnormality in the US. Many children with this abnormality are treated continually with preventive antibiotics for the first few years of life with the hopes of preventing the condition's associated urinary tract infections. But a new study found that, in most cases, continuous antibiotics for these children are unnecessary. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Antenatal Hydronephrosis: Assessment and Management
Antenatal hydronephrosis (ANH) is a common finding on prenatal ultrasound that can be a sign of a variety of urologic conditions. Most cases of ANH are mild to moderate with the most common cause being transient physiologic dilation, which usually is of no clinical significance. However, there are some infants who have a history of ANH (usually severe) who are at increased risk for febrile urinary tract infections, undergo surgical intervention, and develop chronic kidney disease. It is useful to have an understanding of the possible urologic diagnoses that can lead to ANH and it is critical to recognize the patients who h...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - November 1, 2013 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Schlomer, B. J., Copp, H. L. Tags: Articles Source Type: news