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The junctional parenchymal defect: a sonographic variant of renal anatomy.

Authors
  • Carter, A R
  • Horgan, J G
  • Jennings, T A
  • Rosenfield, A T
Type
Published Article
Journal
Radiology
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1985
Volume
154
Issue
2
Pages
499–502
Identifiers
PMID: 3880914
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A triangular echogenic area in the upper pole renal parenchyma can be identified at times during routine sonography of the right kidney. Thirty such cases are presented. Occasionally similar echogenic defects in the parenchyma can be seen posteriorly in the lower pole and in the left kidney. These defects in the parenchyma result from normal extensions of the renal sinus of kidneys that have a distinct division of their upper and lower poles. This is due to partial fusion of two embryonic parenchymatous masses called renunculi. The defects in the parenchyma occur at the junction of the renunculi; hence we have termed them junctional parenchymal defects. In order to differentiate them from pathologic conditions, one must identify their characteristic location and demonstrate continuity with the renal sinus.

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