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Incidence and outcomes of antenatally detected congenital hydronephrosis

Jameela Abdulaziz Kari,a Saddiq Habiballah,a Saad A. Alsaedi,a Hussain Alsaggaf,a Amal Al-dabbagh,a Adila AbulHamail,a Adel Marzouki,a Basem Eldeekb

From the aPediatrics, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; bCommunity Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

How to cite this article:

Kari JA, Habiballah S, Alsaedi SA, Alsaggaf H, Al-dabbagh A, AbulHamail A, et al. Incidence and outcomes of antenatally detected congenital hydronephrosis. Ann Saudi Med 2013; 33(3): 260-264.

DOI: 10.5144/0256-4947.2013.260



BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Antenatally detected urinary tract abnormalities (ADUTA) are increasingly recognized. Our aims were to determine the incidence and outcomes of antenatally diagnosed congenital hydronephrosis in a large cohort.


DESIGN AND SETTINGS: We recorded the number of total deliveries over 4 years at King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH) between January 2008 and December 2011 from the number of nursery and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions.


PATIENTS AND METHODS: We reviewed the records of 18 853 deliveries between January 2008 and December 2011 at KAUH, Saudi Arabia. ADUTA were recorded, and their postnatal medical records were reviewed for demographic and radiological data.


RESULTS: ADUTA were diagnosed in 327 fetuses (1.7%). The commonest pathology was congenital hydronephrosis (n=313, 95.7%). Cystic renal anomalies were reported in 4 babies (1.2%), and 10 children (3.1%) were reported to have other renal anomalies, including duplex kidneys or a single kidney. A total of 240 babies with congenital hydronephrosis were followed up. Hydronephrosis resolved in 99 children (41.2%) within 2 months of birth. A total of 29 subjects had underlying renal anomalies (12.1%), including vesicoureteral reflux (n=12, 5%), pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction (n=14, 5.8%), and posterior urethral valve (n=3, 1.3%). The best predictor for nonresolving congenital hydronephrosis and underlying anatomical abnormalities was the anteroposterior diameter on the first postnatal scan. A cut-off point of 5 mm was found to be 83% sensitive in predicting nonresolving hydronephrosis, while 7 mm was 88% sensitive and 10 mm was 94% sensitive.


CONCLUSIONS: Congenital hydronephrosis is the commonest ADUTA. A large percentage resolved within 2 months of birth, but underlying anatomical abnormalities were found in 12.1%. All babies with antenatally detected hydronephrosis should be examined by ultrasound postnatally but further radiological investigations should only be performed for persistent significant AP dilatation ≥10 mm. 


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