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nasalady
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   Posted 8/23/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I recently had an abdominal ultrasound and need help understanding one of the "findings":

Mild renal cortical thinning suggests mild bilateral renal atrophy

The word "atrophy" gives me a very bad feeling, but the word "mild" seems to indicate that this is not as serious as it sounds...? What does "renal cortical thinning" mean, and is it something typically seen in people with SLE? Am I in trouble??

Yes, I know you guys aren't (usually) doctors, but I am hoping that someone here has had a similar ultrasound result and can speak from their experience.

Thanks in advance for your help!!

JoAnn :-)
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challenged nurse
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   Posted 8/23/2010 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure if this is what they are referring to but it usually means decrease function of that area, in your case the kidney. But I am not a doctor. I would have them to clarify it before I jump to any conclusions. keep us posted.
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   Posted 8/23/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
((((( JoAnn )))))) I don't know what it means but pray you find out soon and that it's nothing serious! You are in my thoughts and prayers!
Stacie
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nasalady
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   Posted 8/23/2010 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, challenged and Stacie! I really appreciate the responses and good thoughts and prayers!
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