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Pancake kidney: an incidental finding in a young man
  1. Pranav Mohan Singhal,
  2. Manu Vats,
  3. Mehul Agarwal,
  4. Sushanto Neogi
  1. General Surgery, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Manu Vats, vatsmanu{at}

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An 18-year-old man presented to the surgery emergency department with signs and symptoms of acute intestinal obstruction. There was a previous history of exploratory laparotomy for intestinal obstruction 8 years ago. Abdominal examination revealed a healthy transverse scar in the right lumbar region extending to the umbilical region, abdominal distension and no tenderness or guarding. The patient was managed conservatively by nasogastric tube decompression and intravenous fluids support. A contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) of the abdomen was done. The patient responded well to the conservative management, and the intestinal obstruction was relieved. The CECT abdomen reported an ectopic location of bilateral kidneys, lying in the lower abdomen. The kidneys were para-median in location and extending between L4 and S2 vertebrae. Upper and mid-pole of both kidneys were fused across …

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