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can kidneys recover from damage

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Soloway
52 years experience Urology
Depends on your age : Depends what caused the kidney damage and your age. Some blood tests will indicate the degree of any damage.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
28 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Cause,duration: Kidney recovery depends on the cause, duration and severity of disease that lead to kidney damage.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Browne
34 years experience General Surgery
Not too long.: If the operation goes smoothly and the donor is motivated to bounce back quickly, the recovery is quite rapid. Most of our donors go home 2 days after ... Read More
A 54-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Realize: That reducing your creatinine is more so related to fixing what your "kidney problem" was. This is what you likely need to focus on, but it hard to g ... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Absolutely!: You have asked the right question and I am very happy for you -- it sounds as if a life is about to be turned around. The liver regenerates wonderfull ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
It's amazing: After a poisoning or acute hepatitis with 99% of the liver cells gone, they'll replace themselves in a few days. Ultramarathon runners routinely susta ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Damien Luviano
17 years experience Ophthalmology
High glucose: Diabetes hurts the blood vessels due to by products of high glucose. The first vessels to get affected are micro vessels. All organs in body have micr ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carla Enriquez
49 years experience Pediatrics
Anything is possible: The brain is remarkable in its recuperative powers. Never give up, provide the baby with all the good nutrition and stimulation you can. There are ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Borookhim
24 years experience Geriatrics
The damage takes: Place over time. You slowly cause irritation and damage to the liver. Depending on how much you drink and how many years, your weight and your own sen ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Restructured: Once cirrhosis has taken place, the blood vessels in the liver are totally re-routed away from where they can best bring blood to the liver cells. The ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
38 years experience Transplant Surgery
Not reported: Msm, methylsulfonylmethane is an inert product sold as a dietary supplement. There are no known medical uses and the fda has not approved it for any a ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Severe trauma can cause internal bleeding which may not be fixable, even with emergency surgery.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Giannotta
48 years experience Neurosurgery
Same: The same way any arrythmia is treated. Not sure why the arrythmia was blamed on brain damage. Hope a heart specialist has looked at this.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Larson
33 years experience Hepatology
Yes: The liver can recover with abstinence, particularly if cirrhosis is not present. However, if cirrhosis is present, there may still be mild elevations ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
It : It depends on the severity of the brain injury. Injuries range from mild concussions, which are almost always completely recoverable, to intracranial ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Yes and no: There is a "s" curve of recovery. Recovery may stall or be slow at first, then pick up sharply with remarkable effect, but then slow again short of f ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Not usually: Occasional use of low dose marijuana does not appear to cause damage. Repeated use of high doses can cause damage. If associated with use of other b ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Complex: Yes, improved function can be achieved, but alcohol must be totally avoided, thiamine supplements are critical, liver function needs to normalize, and ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
YES: however, this is a very dangerous sign of chronic alcoholism and must be handled by a GI expert.
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Lewis
34 years experience Neurosurgery
Lumbar puncture: Lumbar punctures can cause headaches from low cerebrospinal fluid pressure but this is usually temporary. Brain damage is a rare complication related ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
56 years experience Psychiatry
Unlikely but possibl: Valium is metabolized by the liver and like any drug broken down by liver enzymes it can cause some stress but it is unlikely that it will lead to muc ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
26 years experience Urology
Yes: If the kidney stones are very large and cause long term obstruction, that kidney's overall function will begin to deteriorate. If there is also an ass ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Per Freitag
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Probably: The brain has amazing recuperative powers. A great book is "The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Sci ... Read More
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