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How is a duplex kidney treated?

Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
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No treatment is needed. There is no harm to the kidney, though some people with duplex kidneys are more prone to urinary infections, reflux and blockages of the urinary tract.

The kidneys filter the blood and move waste into the urine. Urine forms in the kidneys and flows into the ureters. These are tubes that drain urine into the bladder.

When the kidneys and collection system form as a fetus is growing, there can be a duplicate or extra-set of connections. These usually do not show any symptoms. They would show up on a scan (such as an ultrasound) as an "extra" or duplicate collecting system.

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