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what does a slightly enlarged kidney mean

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tarek Naguib
39 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Could be nothing: Kidney size correlates some with the body size. However, a blockage of kidney makes it swell and be large but the diagnosis is not going to be an elar ... Read More
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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Swelling of kidney: Hydronephrosis (swollen kidney) is generally secondary to an obstruction in urinary tract resulting in hindrance of urine flow from the kidney.

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
44 years experience Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Large kidney: Depends on the other details. The kidney could be malformed, there could be a tumor, the kidney could be obstructed on one side or if both kidneys ar ... Read More
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Several causes.: Trisomy 18/13, polycystic renal disease, multicystic dysplastic kidney disease, hydronephrosis, renal tumors (mesoblastic nephroma) are all possibilit ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
Several things:: Blockage of the ureter (e.g. Stones, tumors, valves) can lead to accumulation of fluid in the urinary space, leading to the most common form of enlarg ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fawad Qureshi
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Diabetes, PKD etc: Diabetes, PKD, and any situation where the other kidney is not working and therefore the one which is working becomes larger to take the extra work.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeremy Gitomer
28 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Many things: 1 kidney: infection, compensatory hypertrophy related to a small other kidney, obstruction of the drainage system 2 kidneys: diabetes with early ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Adrian Baudy IV
11 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Many causes: Multiple conditions: early diabetic kidney disease, HIV associated nephropathy, hydronephrosis, cystic kidney disease, amyloidosis, granulomatuous kid ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
HYDRONEPHROSIS: A swollen kidney typically is due to a backflow or sluggish through flow out of it and into the bladder. Kidney stones/ bladder area blockage/massive ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
46 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Yes: The lower ribs.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Simon Kimm
15 years experience Urology
Obstruction.: A kidney that is obstructed by a kidney stone can swell in a condition called hydronephrosis. This can, over time, affect the function of the kidney. ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
41 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
See below: Most common cause of such enlarged kidneys is polycystic kidney disease, this is a inherited condition .It is important to seee a doctor and check you ... Read More
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