Management of mild fetal pyelectasis: A comparative analysis

Yasuko Yamamura, Jessica P. Swartout, Elisabeth A. Anderson, Caria M. Knapp, Kirk D. Ramin

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Objective. The purpose of this study was to compare 2 protocols for the antenatal management of isolated mild fetal pyelectasis and perform a cost analysis. Methods. A retrospective analysis of unilateral and bilateral mild fetal pyelectasis followed at our institution from 2003 to 2006 was conducted. Fetuses with additional congenital anomalies or aneuploidy were excluded, χ2 analysis was used, and P < .05 was considered significant. Results. Two hundred forty-four cases were identified, of which the majority were male (75.4% versus 24.6%). Eighty-eight patients were reevaluated every 4 weeks (protocol 1). The remaining 156 patients were reevaluated once in the third trimester (protocol 2). The mean number of ultrasound examinations in protocol 1 was 3.24, at a cost of $1187, compared with protocol 2, at $798. Resolution occurred in 59%, stabilization in 29%, and progression in 12%. There were no cases of progression to severe pyelectasis or a need for in utero intervention in either group. Conclusions. Mild fetal pyelectasis can be managed with 1 additional third-trimester ultrasound examination without a compromise in patient care. Average cost savings were $389 per patient for protocol 2, suggesting a benefit from this protocol over protocol 1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1539-1543
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Fetal pyelectasis
  • Renal pelvis
  • Ultrasonography
  • Ultrasound


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