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Oligomeganephronia Follow-up

  • Author: Pascale H Lane, MD; Chief Editor: Craig B Langman, MD  more...
Updated: Dec 28, 2014

Further Outpatient Care

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  • Long-term follow-up care
    • Oligomeganephronia is a chronic progressive renal disease that leads invariably to renal failure.
    • Assessment of renal function, biochemical status, and growth is necessary to manage this condition and to provide optimal care.
    • Fuke et al reported a case of a 23-year-old man with oligomeganephronia that did not progress to end-stage renal failure. Clinical features included renal insufficiency, persistent proteinuria, and bilateral small kidneys. Renal pathology revealed greatly enlarged glomeruli (mean diameter, 325 μm, which was approximately 2 times larger than normal).[3]


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  • Complications of chronic renal disease include growth failure, metabolic bone disease, anemia, metabolic acidosis, and other disorders of fluid and electrolyte metabolism.


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  • Oligomeganephronia is progressive and results in chronic renal failure and end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

Patient Education

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  • Patients with oligomeganephronia and their parents or caregivers need to understand the chronic progressive nature of this condition and the need for long-term follow-up care to maximize growth and to prolong renal function.
  • If an associated syndrome is present, offer genetic counseling and education to the patient and family.
Contributor Information and Disclosures

Pascale H Lane, MD Helen Freytag Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Nephrology, University of Nebraska Medical Center; Editor-in-Chief, American Society of Nephrology Kidney News

Pascale H Lane, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Physician Leadership, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Physiological Society, JDRF, American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation

Disclosure: Received consulting fee from Amag Pharmaceuticals for data safety monitoring board.

Specialty Editor Board

Mary L Windle, PharmD Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

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Luther Travis, MD Professor Emeritus, Departments of Pediatrics, Nephrology and Diabetes, University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine

Luther Travis, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Federation for Medical Research, International Society of Nephrology, Texas Pediatric Society

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Chief Editor

Craig B Langman, MD The Isaac A Abt, MD, Professor of Kidney Diseases, Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine; Division Head of Kidney Diseases, The Ann and Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Craig B Langman, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Society of Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology

Disclosure: Received income in an amount equal to or greater than $250 from: Alexion Pharmaceuticals; Raptor Pharmaceuticals; Eli Lilly and Company; Dicerna<br/>Received grant/research funds from NIH for none; Received grant/research funds from Raptor Pharmaceuticals, Inc for none; Received grant/research funds from Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for none; Received consulting fee from DiCerna Pharmaceutical Inc. for none.

Additional Contributors

Richard Neiberger, MD, PhD Director of Pediatric Renal Stone Disease Clinic, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Nephrology, University of Florida College of Medicine and Shands Hospital

Richard Neiberger, MD, PhD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Federation for Medical Research, American Medical Association, American Society of Nephrology, American Society of Pediatric Nephrology, Christian Medical and Dental Associations, Florida Medical Association, International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis, International Society of Nephrology, National Kidney Foundation, New York Academy of Sciences, Shock Society, Sigma Xi, Southern Medical Association, Southern Society for Pediatric Research, Southwest Pediatric Nephrology Study Group

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Renal sonogram of a newborn with spontaneous pneumothorax, preauricular pits, and branchial cysts. The right kidney was absent, and the left kidney was hyperechoic and hypoplastic. The left kidney's length measured 1.8 cm; kidneys in newborns are normally 4.5 cm.
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