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Case Reports in Nephrology
Volume 2016, Article ID 1084917, 3 pages
Case Report

Subdiaphragmatic Renal Ectopia: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Children’s Kidney Centre, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK

Received 10 March 2016; Accepted 17 August 2016

Academic Editor: Władysław Sułowicz

Copyright © 2016 Eleftherios Zolotas and Rajesh G. Krishnan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. We report the case of a male infant whose right kidney migrated to an ectopic position after birth. The migration of a kidney in postnatal life without any symptoms has not been reported in literature so far. Case Presentation. In a series of antenatal and the first postnatal ultrasound scans, the right kidney was normally located within the right renal fossa. During the first 3 months of life, the kidney migrated to a subdiaphragmatic position. This was confirmed on MRI scan. The infant was asymptomatic with normal renal function and blood pressure. Conclusion. Postnatal migration of a kidney has been described in cases of diaphragmatic hernia or nephroptosis. In this report, we describe a case of kidney migration where there were no underlying anatomical defects to provide an explanation for the kidney migration. This is the first report in literature of a case of postnatal migration of a kidney.