Horseshoe Kidney Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Feb 25, 2020
  • Author: Nicholas N Tadros, MD, MCR; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

On ultrasound care must be taken to not mistaken a horseshoe kidney for a midline retroperitoneal mass.  On CT or MRI, the diagnosis is usually clear.

Differential Diagnoses

  • Crossed fused renal ectopia

  • Fused pelvic kidney

  • Pancake kidney