Causes of increased renal echogenicity in pediatric patients

Pediatrics. 1983 Dec;72(6):840-6.


Review of 2,700 abdominal ultrasonic examinations revealed 56 patients whose kidneys showed increased echogenicity. Echogenic kidneys were associated with medical renal disease in 94% of cases (30% glomerular, 48% tubulointerstitial, 16% end-stage) and with no detectable renal disease in 6% (three patients). Patterns of increased echogenicity and renal size were evaluated. Specific patterns occurred in end-stage renal disease and polycystic kidney disease. Other medical renal diseases had overlapping ultrasonographic features. Some generalizations could be made although increased echogenicity was often nonspecific.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Kidney / pathology
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / diagnosis
  • Polycystic Kidney Diseases / diagnosis
  • Ultrasonography*