The role of nuclear medicine in infantile hydronephrosis.

Vittoria Rufini, M. Garganese Carmen, Germano Perotti, Ana Maria Samanes Gajate, Massimo Regi

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Abstract

Unilateral hydronephrosis due to obstruction of the uretero-pelvic junction is one of the most common indications for scintigraphic evaluation of the kidneys in the pediatric patient. In these cases, dynamic renal scintigraphy-both standard and after diuretic administration--is a simple and well-established procedure, allowing demonstration of structural and functional abnormalities of the involved kidney, with relatively low radiation dose to the child. Scintigraphic procedures allow the differential diagnosis between obstructive and non obstructive causes as well as an estimation of renal function of the hydronephrotic kidney providing indication for a conservative or a surgical approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-148
Number of pages8
JournalRays - International Journal of Radiological Sciences
Volume27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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