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What tests are performed after birth on a baby with hydronephrosis?

The discovery that your baby has hydronephrosis allows for the prevention of complications that your baby might otherwise have, such as urinary infection or stones. Your pediatrician should be notified about the abnormality before the birth of your baby, so the appropriate tests may be done after birth. Usually, a kidney and bladder ultrasound will be performed during the first week after birth. In addition, your baby might be started on low-dose antibiotics to prevent urinary infections while more testing is being done. Further tests that may be done include:
  • a bladder x-ray (VCUG)
  • a renal scan for function and drainage of the kidneys
Based on the results of these tests, a specialist can help determine if the problem is severe enough to require an operation or whether the problem is likely to go away on its own. Often further ultrasound tests will be done to see if the problem is getting better.

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