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Magnetic resonance imaging of autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease in utero

T Nishi
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1995, 21 (5): 471-4

OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of ultrasonography (USG) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in diagnosing a particular urologic disease, autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).

SUBJECT: A patient with a case of ARPKD, as diagnosed by USG and MRI.

RESULT: USG revealed features typical of ARPKD; the kidneys were enlarged and echogenic, with a loss of normal renal architecture. MRI revealed anatomical features similar to those demonstrated by USG. Furthermore, MRI showed clearer delineation and tissue specificity of the affected kidneys.

CONCLUSION: USG and MRI were useful in diagnosing ARPKD. MRI can serve as an adjunctive method for diagnosing certain fetal anomalies.

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