Sonographic and urographic correlation in Bardet-Biedl syndrome (Formerly Laurence-Moon-Biedl Syndrome)


To determine the spectrum of urologic disease and the value of ultrasound as a screening mechanism, renal imaging was performed on 23 patients with Bardet-Biedl syndrome. On intravenous urography (IVU), abnormal calices were present in 22 patients, with communicating cortical cysts/diverticula in 17. Ultrasound detected caliceal or cystic changes in 70%. On IVU, 21 patients had fetal-type lobular outlines that were detected on sonography in 95%.

Renal structural abnormalities are characteristic of the Bardet-Biedl syndrome, and are still best imaged by urography.

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Cramer, B., Green, J., Harnett, J. et al. Sonographic and urographic correlation in Bardet-Biedl syndrome (Formerly Laurence-Moon-Biedl Syndrome). Urol Radiol 10, 176–180 (1988).

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Key words

  • Bardet-Biedl syndrome
  • Laurence-Moon-Biedl syndrome
  • Renal abnormalities
  • Renal imaging