Unilateral Duplicated System: Comparative Length and Function of the Kidneys

Miriam Davidovits*, Bella Eisenstein, Niza Ziv, Irit Krause, Roxanna Cleper, Zvi Bar-Sever

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Objective: The objective of this study was to estimate kidney length and function in patients with unilateral duplex kidney. Materials and Methods: Thirteen patients with a unilateral duplicated system were reviewed retrospectively. The length of the kidneys was measured by ultrasound, and the relative function of the kidneys was estimated by renal scan. Results: In all patients, the duplex kidney was the left one. The length of the right kidney on the renal ultrasound growth chart was from -1.5 to +0.4 standard deviations from the mean for age, and the left kidney length was from -0.5 to +4.3 standard deviations from the mean. On renal scans the kidneys with a duplicated system contributed 51 to 67% to total renal function; the contralateral ones, 33 to 49%. Conclusions: Kidneys with a duplicated system may be larger than their counterparts and they may contribute more to total renal function. When a disparity in length between the 2 kidneys is encountered, 1 of the possibilities that should be taken into account is a unilateral duplicated system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Nuclear Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Duplex kidney
  • Kidney length
  • Relative renal function


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