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Potter Syndrome: Bilateral Renal Agenesis

Definition of Potter Syndrome

Bilateral renal agenesis (Potter syndrome) is a rare and invariably fatal malformation with bilateral absent kidneys (Potter, 1965).

Epidemiology of Potter syndrome:

Etiology of Potter Syndrome:

Recessive inheritance is likely; siblings of children with bilateral renal agenesis are also affected in 3.5%. The absence of a ureteric bud or metanephric blastema results in the complete absence of renal tissue.

The oligohydramnios and/or the lack of renal proline production leads to pulmonary hypoplasia, respiratory insufficiency and Potter facies of the children.

Signs and Symptoms of Potter syndrome

Diagnosis of Potter Syndrome

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Potter 1965 POTTER, E. L.: Bilateral Absence of Ureters and Kidneys: A Report of 50 Cases.
In: Obstet Gynecol
25 (1965), S. 3–12

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