Kidney dysplasia occurs when one or both kidneys
don’t develop as they should while the fetus is growing in the womb. It’s sometimes called multicystic dysplastic kidney or renal dysplasia. A typical adult has two kidneys. Each are about the size of a fist. The kidneys filter the things your body can’t use from blood, including extra water. This forms urine
, which is then transported to the bladder
. Your kidneys help keep your body in balance. Without them, you risk parts of your body not working correctly. With kidney dysplasia, there’s a problem with the development of the kidneys in utero
. Multiple cysts replace normal kidney tissue, and they’re unable to filter blood. Kidney dysplasia occurs in 1 in every 4,300 live births
, estimates the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.