Ectopic thoracic kidney in a child with congenital diaphragmatic hernia

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Sozubir S., Demir H., Ekingen G., Guvenc B.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY, vol.15, no.3, pp.206-209, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1055/s-2005-837608
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.206-209
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: No


Thoracic ectopic kidney with partial or complete renal protrusion above the level of the diaphragma into the posterior mediastinum is the rarest form of all ectopic kidneys with an incidence of less than 1 per 10 000 cases. We present a newborn with right congenital diaphragmatic hernia associated with thoracic ectopic kidney. The diagnosis of ectopia was made prior to surgery. Gerota's fascia of kidney was used to close the diaphragmatic defect. Since this renal anomaly is usually asymptomatic, it does not require any specific treatment. However, a close examination of function and anatomy of the kidney prior to surgery of hernia is important and beneficial. We discuss the embryological context and the importance of renal scintigraphy in patients with ectopic kidney.