Multicystic Dysplastic Kidney

Overview

Multicystic dysplastic kidney is a condition in which the kidney has been essentially replaced by multiple cysts. It is the result of abnormal fetal development of the kidney. There is little or no normal function to this kidney.

  • Thanks to prenatal ultrasound, most instances of multicystic dysplastic kidney are discovered prior to a child's birth.
  • The incidence is approximately 1 in 4,300 live births.
  • Occurrence of multicystic dysplastic kidney is about equal between males and females, and the condition is most common in Caucasians.

At Boston Children's Hospital, our extensive resources for monitoring and, if necessary, performing surgical removal of kidneys include laparoscopic surgery — a minimally invasive operating technique that reduces the size of the incision and shortens your child's recovery time.