Ultrasound: a method for kidney size monitoring in children

Eur J Pediatr. 1986 Dec;145(6):532-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02429058.


Normal kidneys were studied echographically in 170 children from 0-15 years of age. The length, thickness, width, volume and largest sagittal and transverse areas were measured and plotted against the children's height and body surface to establish standard growth curves. The usefulness of this non-invasive inter- and intra-individual estimation of renal size in following the progress of kidney alteration in children was illustrated in one case of malakoplakia and one case of parenchymal scars.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Body Height
  • Body Surface Area
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Kidney / anatomy & histology
  • Kidney / growth & development*
  • Male
  • Regression Analysis
  • Ultrasonics*