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What complications are associated with horseshoe kidney?
One-third of people with horseshoe kidneys have at least one other complication involving the cardiovascular system, the central nervous system or the genitourinary system (which is the reproductive organs and urinary system) such as the following:
kidney stones - crystals and proteins that form stones in the kidney that may lead to a urinary tract obstruction.
hydronephrosis - enlargement of the kidneys that is usually the result of a urinary tract obstruction.
Wilm's tumor - an embryonic (newly-formed) tumor of the kidneys that usually occurs during early childhood.
renal cancer or polycystic kidney disease
hydrocephaly and/or spina bifida
various cardiovascular, gastrointestinal conditions or skeletal problems
What are the symptoms of horseshoe kidney?
While each child may experience symptoms differently, the most common symptoms of horseshoe kidney include:
About one-third of children with horseshoe kidney have no symptoms.
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