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April 1944

A REVIEW OF UROLOGIC SURGERY

Author Affiliations

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

Arch Surg. 1944;48(4):325-354. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1944.01230010335008
Abstract

KIDNEYS 

Renal Ectopia.  —Rusche and Bray1 state that prior to the introduction of urography renal ectopia was rarely diagnosed clinically and that in most of the reported cases the condition was discovered either at the time of operation or at necropsy. The symptoms are not purely renal but frequently simulate pelvic or intra-abdominal disease. Modern urologic methods, however, have simplified this diagnostic problem, although a common pitfall is the assumption that a composition of the urine within normal limits indicates a sound urinary tract. Certain cases of renal malposition present a strong argument against this misconception and drive home the need for urologic study in cases of obscure pelvic and abdominal symptoms.There is no definite group of symptoms peculiar to renal ectopia. An ectopic kidney is subject to all the morbid changes which may beset its normal counterpart and is rendered even more vulnerable than a normal kidney

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