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help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes the kidney to inlarge.?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Several things: A kidney may have a cyst or a tumor growing in it that will cause is to enlarge. Initially, a blocked or obstructed kidney may also enlarge as it fills with urine. Less commonly a damaged kidney on one side may result in the opposite kidney enlarging and taking up more of the total kidney function.

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How do I get placed on the waiting list for a new kidney?

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Referral: Once your kidney clearance(known as gfr) is below 20 percent, then you can be referred to a transplant unit for evaulation for a new kidney by your nephrologist.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long does it usually take to get a new kidney?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
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See below: If you do not have a donor, you are waiting to receive a kidney from a deceased donor. Factor like your blood group type and the level of antibodies in your blood among other factors determine your position on a waiting list for receiving kidney transplant . This time is an 'median' of 3 years or longer.
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How will I be notified if a kidney is available?

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See below: The transplant center will call at the telephone number listed by you in your chart.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Are there any medicines you should avoid if you have donated a kidney?

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Dr. Wesley Marquart
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Yes: Certain medications are processed by the kidney and may cause injury if not monitored. You should discuss all your medications, prescription and over-the-counter with your physician.
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A member asked:

How do you examine a kidney?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Very carefully: There is only indirect physical examination of the kidney, labs from the blood (bun and creatinine), urine (sodium, creatinine, potassium, albumen, protein, the appearance of the urine under a microscope), ultrasound of the kidney, or ct scan are helpful. Biopsy of the kidney can be done but only if the answer can't be obtained elsewhere.

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