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can a hit to the kidney area cause diabetic nephropathy to accelerate?

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Dr. Sreya Pallath
Nephrology and Dialysis 22 years experience
Not blunt trauma: A physical hit to the kidney, such as during contact sports should not worsen kidney disease due to diabetes. Diabetic nephropathy is accelerated most frequently by poor diabetes control and uncontrolled hypertension.
Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
Nephrology and Dialysis 14 years experience
No: Diabetic nephropathy per se is related to hyperfiltration in the kidney thru a complex mechanism. A hit to the kidney could conceivably cause kidney damage from other reasons but it wont accelerate dm nephropathy.
Dr. Frank Amico Jr
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
No: If you mean a physical hit, than the answer is no.

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