Junctional parenchyma: Revised definition of hypertrophic column of Bertin

Hsu Chong Yeh, Kathleen P. Halton, Robert S. Shapiro, Jack G. Rabinowitz, Harold A. Mitty

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Abstract

The so-called hypertrophic column of Bertin is a normal variation and simply represents unresorbed polar parenchyma of one or both of the two subkidneys that fuse to form a normal kidney. It contains renal cortex, pyramids, and columns (septa) of Bertin. (Since all elements of the tissue are normal, that is, neither hypertrophic nor a displaced or embryonic rest, it is referred to as "junctional parenchyma.") When a masslike lesion is suspected at sonography or excretory urography, diagnosis of junctional parenchyma can be made with a high degree of certainty when sonography shows that the structure (a) is located between the overlapping portion of two renal sinus systems, (b) is bordered by a junctional parenchymal line and defect, (c) contains renal cortex, pyramids, and columns of Bertin, and (d) contains renal cortex that is continuous with the adjacent renal cortex of the same subkidney.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)725-732
Number of pages8
JournalRadiology
Volume185
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1992

Keywords

  • Kidney, US, 81.12981
  • Kidney, abnormalities, 811.1492
  • Kidney, anatomy, 81.13

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