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February 1939

REVIEW OF UROLOGIC SURGERY

Author Affiliations

LOS ANGELES; SAN FRANCISCO; BUDAPEST, HUNGARY; SEATTLE; NEW YORK; ROCHESTER, MINN.; BERNE, SWITZERLAND; CHICAGO

Arch Surg. 1939;38(2):372-396. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1939.01200080184016
Abstract

KIDNEY 

Anomalies.  —Jasienski1 called attention to a case in which there was congenital aplasia of the left kidney, the organ being minute and functionless, while the right kidney was an enormous hydronephrotic sac with a large calculus in its pelvis. At necropsy the aplastic organ was found to contain no trace of renal tissue; the entire structure was composed of a series of cystic cavities filled with yellowish serous fluid. Congenital renal aplasia or hypoplasia of such high grade as to deprive the kidney of all functional value is rather rare. Although Ballowitz (1895) collected 213 and Gerard (1905) 278 cases among 527 congenital malformations of the kidney, it is probable that in a great many of these cases the true condition was solitary kidney or double kidney or that the two kidneys were fused on the same side.It is frequently impossible, especially if necropsy is not performed,

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