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what is the reason for kidney disease?

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Dr. Donald Steinmuller
Nephrology and Dialysis 33 years experience
Diabetes, High BP: Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes for kidney disease. However there are very many other reasons the kidneys may be damaged or function abnormally. The kidneys not only remove toxic wastes from the body but also keep many things in balance including salt and water, blood pressure, potassium, pH, hemoglobin, uric acid, and many other critical body components!

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can a renal function lab test detect if a kidney stone is developing?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No: A renal function lab would be unlikely to show a developing kidney stones. Most kidney stones are diagnosed because of severe pain in the flank radiating down to the groin. They can be seen on xray, CT scan or sometimes ultrasound. Blood tests are usually normal.
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What is kidney failure and how is it treated?

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Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Nephrology and Dialysis 27 years experience
Low kidney function: Kidney failure can be caused by many things but in United States it is primarily diabetes and hypertension. Thus treatment is focused on effective control of the underlying problem. Primary kidney diseases such as glomerulonephritis have to be treated by a nephrologist.
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How do I get a kidney transplant?

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Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Need a Tx Center: You need to be evaluated by the transplant team at an approved transplant center. They will go over the process and describe what is required to be wait listed for a kidney. One early suggestion, avoid any blood transfusions until you are evaluated. If you become sensitized from an elective blood transfusion, you may wait years or never receive a kidney.
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Which types of kidney diseases are associated with family history?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Examples include: Poly cystic kidney disease and fabry's disease. Also, many heritable illnesses like diabetes and hypertension and high cholesterol could precipitate kidney disease. Also, bad habits running in families e.g. Unhealthy eating habits will cause obesity and increase the risk of kidney disease.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What are some reasons that your spleen would be enlarged? I have celiacs disease and just recently had a kidney stone would that cause spleen issue

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Maybe celiac: Typical reasons for having an enlarged spleen: - mononucleosis (a viral illness commonly called "mono" - clot in the spleen's vein - liver disease - certain types of lymphoma i don't think a kidney stone can cause an enlarged spleen. Celiac disease doesn't directly cause an enlarged spleen, but patients with celiac can have other blood diseases which are associated with an enlarged spleen.

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