Prune belly syndrome

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Prune belly syndrome is a rare, genetic, birth defect affecting about 1 in 40,000 births.About 97% of those affected are male. Prune belly syndrome is a congenital disorder of the urinary system, characterized by a triad of symptoms(A partial or complete lack of abdominal muscles,Undescended testicles in males,Urinary tract abnormality such as unusually large ureters, distended bladder). The syndrome is named for the mass of wrinkled skin that is often present on the abdomens of those with the disorder.
Prune belly syndrome can be diagnosed via ultrasound while a child is still in-utero.An abnormally large abdominal mass is the key indicator, as the abdomen swells with the pressure of accumulated urine. In young children, frequent urinary tract infections often herald prune belly syndrome, as they are normally uncommon. If a problem is suspected, doctors can perform blood tests to check kidney function. Another test that may reveal the syndrome is the voiding cystourethrogram.


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