The most common symptoms linked to the ectopic kidney are:
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
- Belly pain
- A lump in the abdomen
A kidney in an abnormal spot may still work properly. But because of the change, it may have problems draining. Up to 1 out of 2 ectopic kidneys are at least partly blocked. Over time, these blockages can lead to serious problems, such as:
Ectopic kidneys are also linked to vesicoureteral reflux (VUR ). VUR is a condition where urine backs up from the bladder through the ureters into the kidneys. Over time, VUR can lead to infections. Infections can cause damage to the kidney that can’t be fixed. The non-ectopic kidney can also have problems like blockages or VUR.