IOTW: Nephrolithiasis with Pelviectasis

Posted on: August 26, 2019, by :

This week’s ultrasound shows the kidney of a 17 year old female presenting with left flank pain. She was diagnosed with a kidney stone two days prior but returned to the ED with worsening pain.

There is an echogenic renal stone with posterior shadowing as well as a dilated renal pelvis.

Although the renal vasculature, pelviectasis, and hydronephrosis will all appear as anechoic areas on ultrasound, color flow can help you differentiate between vascular and non-vascular findings.

Although not shown in the images above, “twinkling artifact” can be seen in the case of renal stones. It is the rapid alteration of color immediately behind a stationary echogenic object when using color doppler.

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