Small kidney (SKD)

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  • Defining characteristics:
    One or both kidneys are small in size (length of kidney in relation to the lumbar vertebrae)

  • Common differential diagnoses:
    Chronic kidney disease

  • Helpful additional data:
    Has the patient been PU/PD? Is there any vomiting? 

  • Commonly associated diagnostics:
    Consider *SignalCare MDB, consider abdominal ultrasound if available, consider urine culture

  • Commonly associated treatments:
    Based on primary, discuss treatment such as IV/SQ fluid therapy

  • Commonly associated home care:
    Monitor for PU/PD, anuria, vomiting, inappetence


*SignalCare MDB = CBC/Chemistry/Urinalysis/Thoracic ultrasound/Abdominal ultrasound