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Surgery: A Common Treatment for Horseshoe Kidney

2012-10-02 17:33

Surgery is commonly used to treat horseshoe kidney. According to the disease progression and complications of horseshoe kidney, different surgeries may be used by them.

Kidney stones

Kidney stones can be treated with ESWL, endoscopy, or open surgery. Treatment decisions and indications are similar to those for a normal kidney. However, if the patients with horseshoe kidney have untreated obstruction or hydronephrosis, ESWL should not be used.

Renal tumors

Renal tumors indicate a very bad prognosis of horseshoe kidney. Firstly, surgery should interrupt the blood supply to the tumor tissues. This can prevent serious bleeding during dissection and tissue removal.

Along with surgery for treating horseshoe kidney, the following treatments are also used to treat horseshoe kidney.

Urinary tract obstruction

Urinary tract obstruction is commonly seen in horseshoe kidney and it is also a risk factor in deteriorating kidney function. It is mainly due to formation of kidney stones and is very likely to lead to vesicoureteral reflux which can damage kidneys seriously. If this occurs, the surgical correction should be adopted.


Take antibiotics to treat urinary tract infections that are extremely common to those who have horseshoe kidneys. If the infection is not controlled, the virus may be travel in bloodstream and cause infections in every body part and even threaten the patients’ life.

Chinese medicines

Chinese medicines are commonly used to treat various kinds of refractory diseases. It dates back to ancient China and has a great improvement since then.

The medicines have powerful anti-inflammation effect so as to reduce the incidence of infections. Meanwhile, they have effects in preserving kidney tissues and cells to prevent kidney function decline.

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