The complete absence of one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) kidneys. Agenesis means "without a beginning". Also known as Potter's Syndrome, bilateral renal agenesis is the complete absence of both kidneys. Severe oligohydramnios (too little amniotic fluid) results, causing growth retardation, typical 'Potter's facies' (beak-like nose, receding chin, and large, low-set ears), and pulmonary hypoplasia (failure of the lungs to reach full size). This condition is incompatible with life.

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Summary of a study titled "Renal agenesis and hypodysplasia in ret-k- mutant mice result from defects in ureteric bud development".
eMedicine - Potter Syndrome
Includes an introduction, clinical differentials, treatment, medication, and follow-up.
Potter's Syndrome Support Group
Discussion forum at Delphi. Registration required to participate.
Potter's Syndrome Webring
Information on joining the ring.
Renal Agenesis and Hypoplastic Lung Syndrome
Description, clinical features, and management.
Renal Agenesis Surveillance -- United States
Results of a study using data from the Birth Defects Monitoring Program.
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