Abnormal Kidney Size

Tamara T. Chao, Jodi S. Dashe

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Measurement of fetal kidney size can assist in the diagnosis when a renal abnormality is suspected. Fetal kidney size increases with gestational age. Nomograms are available for kidney length, anterior-posterior diameter, and transverse diameter. This chapter reviews the normal embryologic development of the fetal kidney and includes a systematic approach to the evaluation of a suspected enlarged or small fetal kidney.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationObstetric Imaging
Subtitle of host publicationFetal Diagnosis and Care: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780323497367
ISBN (Print)9780323445481
Publication statusPublished - Sep 13 2017



  • Compensatory hypertrophy
  • Corticomedullary differentiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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Chao, T. T., & Dashe, J. S. (2017). Abnormal Kidney Size. In Obstetric Imaging: Fetal Diagnosis and Care: Second Edition (pp. 37-40.e1). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-323-44548-1.00009-7