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what is dromedary hump kidney i had an ultrusound recently

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what is dromedary hump kidney i had an ultrusound recently for something else and it showed that the left kidney had a prominent bulge from lateral out line of the left kidney which may represent a normal variant called a dromedary hump but is more pronoucrd than usully seen and have recommended a ct scan to exclude the possibilty of tumor and i am worried about this can you put some light on this for me
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 6 years ago.
This is a variant and is a bulge that is believed to form in development as the kidney interacts with pressure from the spleen.
Since you can't say for sure what this is on regular imaging, a CT scan or MRI is used to exclude other types of masses.
The position of the bulge is what is typical for the dromeduary hump, and obviously that position is correct on ultrasound. Ultrasound dose not show contours and densities precisely however...hence the CT....just a precaution.

Good Luck
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