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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 140-142

Solitary crossed renal ectopia with vesicoureteric reflux presenting with impaired renal function in a neonate

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication18-Oct-2013

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Krushnakumar Kesan
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital, Sion, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4847.120004

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Solitary crossed renal ectopia (SCRE) is an exceedingly rare anomaly of the urinary tract. So far, only 34 cases have been reported in the literature. It usually presents after infancy. Most of these cases are diagnosed incidentally while patients are undergoing evaluation for associated genitourinary, cardiovascular, hematological or vertebral abnormalities. We report the first case of SCRE presenting in neonatal age with impaired renal function and vesico-ureteric reflux.

Keywords: Impaired renal function, neonate, solitary crossed renal ectopia, vesico-ureteric reflux

How to cite this article:
Kesan K, Gupta R, Gupta A, Kothari P, Ranjan R, Mudkhedkar K, Karkera P. Solitary crossed renal ectopia with vesicoureteric reflux presenting with impaired renal function in a neonate. J Clin Neonatol 2013;2:140-2

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Kesan K, Gupta R, Gupta A, Kothari P, Ranjan R, Mudkhedkar K, Karkera P. Solitary crossed renal ectopia with vesicoureteric reflux presenting with impaired renal function in a neonate. J Clin Neonatol [serial online] 2013 [cited 2022 Dec 3];2:140-2. Available from: https://www.jcnonweb.com/text.asp?2013/2/3/140/120004

  Introduction Top

Solitary crossed renal ectopia (SCRE) is a congenital abnormality that occurs due to combination of unilateral renal agenesis and renal ectopia. [1] Most of the patients are asymptomatic and usually present with complaints related to genitourinary, cardiovascular, hematological or vertebral abnormalities. [1],[2],[3],[4] SCRE is usually incidentally diagnosed on routine ultrasound or autopsies. We report a case of SCRE with an unusual presentation in neonatal age with vesico-ureteric reflux (VUR) and impaired renal function.

  Case Report Top

A 15-day-old male neonate was brought to us by parents with an antenatal ultrasound scan suggestive of right sided hydronephrosis and hydroureter. At the time of presentation, the general and systemic examination of the neonate was normal. His renal functions were deranged (blood urea nitrogen (BUN): 16.2 mmol/L [8.0-16.4 mmol/L] and serum creat: 331 μmol/L 50-110 μmol/L]). Patient was having grade V VUR. There were no associated, cardiovascular and vertebral abnormalities.

Routine urine examination revealed plenty of pus cells and urine culture showed growth of  Escherichia More Details coli. Ultrasound of abdomen showed right sided hydronephrosis with right upper hydroureter with non-visualization of the left kidney. There were mobile internal echoes in urinary bladder. Patient was catheterized perurethrally and urinary tract infection (UTI) was treated with intravenous antibiotics.

Renal radionucleotide scintigraphy, technetium-99m-L, L-ethylenedicysteine (EC scan) was done which was suggestive of absent left kidney and incomplete pelviureteric junction obstruction on the right side with adequate cortical function [Figure 1].
Figure 1: EC scan showing absent left kidney and right PUJ obstruction

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After obtaining a sterile urine culture report, a voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG) was done. It revealed grade IV VUR into the left ureter. The VCUG showed the ureter crossing the midline and entering the kidney on the right side [Figure 2]a and b. Magnetic resonance urography, done to confirm the anatomy, revealed a solitary right kidney with the ureter crossing midline and opening on the left side of urinary bladder along with presence of hydroureteronephrosis [Figure 3]. Diagnostic cystoscopy revealed absent right ureteric orifice and a wide left ureteric orifice with left hemitrigone confirming the diagnosis of SCRE.

Patient was managed initially with conservative treatment (antibiotics and catheterization). Once renal functions improved (BUN: 8 mg/dL and serum creatine: 1.2 mg/dL), the patient was discharged on chemoprophylaxis. However, in view of breakthrough UTIs with VUR in a solitary functioning renal unit, ureteric reimplantation was done at 6 months of age. Patient is asymptomatic and renal functions are normal at follow of 16 months.
Figure 2: (a) Voiding cystourethrogram anteroposterior view showing left to right renal ectopia, (b) Voiding cystourethrogram lateral view showing left to right renal ectopia

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Figure 3: Magnetic resonance urography showing solitary crossed renal ectopia

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  Discussion Top

Crossed renal ectopia is a condition in which kidney is located on side opposite from which its ureter inserts into bladder. McDonald and McClellan classified renal ectopia into 4 types (i) crossed renal ectopia with fusion, (ii) crossed renal ectopia without fusion; (iii) SCRE and (iv) bilaterally crossed renal ectopia. Renal agenesis of one side and contra lateral displacement of the ureter draining the only kidney is termed as SCRE. Only 34 patients of SCRE has been reported in the literature until date. [1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6] Males predominate with a ratio of 2:1. Left to right ectopia is 2 times more common than right to left ectopia. Our patient was having left to right renal ectopia with single right kidney.

The various embryological theories that have been proposed for renal ectopia are (i) the metanephros and ureter are displaced by pressure of the umbilical arteries, (ii) the ureter wanders to induce the contra lateral metanephros, (iii) strong forces attract a ureter to the opposite metanephros and (iv) deviation of the median axis of renal vasculature. [7],[8],[9]

SCRE is frequently incidentally diagnosed. Most of the cases reported in literature are associated with orthopedic deformities, genital abnormalities, hematological disorders and anorectal malformation. [4],[5],[6],[10],[11],[12] The most common genital abnormality in the male is cryptorchidism or absence of the vas deferens; in the female, it is vaginal atresia or a unilateral uterine abnormality. Most individuals with crossed ectopic anomalies are asymptomatic and are often discovered incidentally at autopsy, during routine perinatal ultrasound screening, or after bone scanning. Our case presented with impaired renal function in neonatal age with VUR, which is an unusual presentation of SCRE.

SCRE can be diagnosed by ultrasonography and radionuclide scintigraphy using 99mTc- dimercaptosuccinic acid (Volkan et al., 2003) in most of the asymptomatic cases. Excretory urography and multi-detector three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) urography is excellent for delineating renal ectopia. But in our patient, excretory urography and CT urography could not be done due to deranged renal functions. VCUG, magnetic resonance imaging urthogram and diagnostic cystoscopy confirmed the diagnosis of SCRE (left to right ectopia) in our patient.

Most of the individuals with SCRE do not require any treatment for this condition. Our patient required treatment for UTI, deranged renal function and then ureteric reimplantation for grade IV VUR.

Patients with SCRE have a good prognosis. Malignancy in SCRE is unusual and the incidence of renal cell carcinoma in the CT era in a solitary crossed ectopic kidney is approximately 1 in 22 million. [13]

  Conclusion Top

SCRE is very rare disorder and our patient is probably the 35 th case to be reported in literature. SCRE is often an incidental diagnosis but we report an unusual presentation of SCRE in neonatal age with impaired renal function, UTI, and VUR without any associated abnormality. CT urography or magnetic resonance urthogram is gold standard investigations for diagnosis of SCRE. SCRE usually requires treatment for associated abnormalities rather than for renal problems. Our patient required treatment initially for deranged renal function, UTI and then ureteric reimplantation for persistent grade IV VUR with breakthrough UTIs.

  References Top

1.Livermore LJ, Thiruchelvam N. Whose side are you on? The diagnostic conundrum of solitary crossed renal ectopia. J Pediatr Urol 2010;6:83-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Habib Z, Abudaia J, Bamehriz F, Ahmed S. Fanconi's anemia with solitary crossed renal ectopia, vesicoureteric reflux, and genital abnormalities. Pediatr Surg Int 2000;16:136-7.  Back to cited text no. 2
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6.Miles BJ, Moon MR, Belville WD, Kiesling VJ. Solitary crossed renal ectopia. J Urol 1985;133:1022-3.  Back to cited text no. 6
7.Isorna Martinez de la Riva S, Santiago A, Barberena J, Romeo A, Sebastian JL. Crossed ureteral ectopia with solitary kidney. Urol Int 1980;35:404-6.  Back to cited text no. 7
8.Wilmer HA. Unilateral fused kidney. J Urol 1938;40:551-71.  Back to cited text no. 8
9.Ashley DJ, Mostofi FK. Renal agenesis and dysgenesis. J Urol 1960;83:211-30.  Back to cited text no. 9
10.Rivard DJ, Milner WA, Garlick WB. Solitary crossed renal ectopia and its associated congenital anomalies. J Urol 1978;120:241-2.  Back to cited text no. 10
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13.Grotas AB, Phillips JL. Renal mass in solitary, crossed, ectopic pelvic kidney. Urology 2009;73:1223-4.  Back to cited text no. 13


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