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A 50-year-old female asked:

If you are born with one kidney would you be more sensitive to alcohol or drugs?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Generally not: Alcohol and many drugs are processed by the liver to a form (/metabolite) that can be excreted by the kidney. Most people with solitary kidney have normal urine output and kidney-related blood tests (bun & creatine). It is a concern if you get infection / trauma / drugs processed by kidney, as do not have "back up".
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