28 August 2008

Kidneys & Hypertension

Vera went for a renal ultrasound yesterday. There's good and bad news. The good news is, her kidneys are normal! She had a duplex kidney and a cyst in one of them but somehow they seem undetectable at this 6th month scan. We don't really know what to make of it, but are happy there are no issues there.

However, this means that her high blood pressure is not brought about by renal issues. According to one Tri18 mom, there are two types of hypertension:

Essential Hypertension: brought on by issues with the kidney, can be treated with medication.

Pulmonary Hypertension: If Primary - there's no known cause, no treatment and eventually fatal. If secondary to respiratory or apnea issues, if these issues are treated it can be managed.

We'll have to find out what Vera has.