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A 36-year-old male asked:

Now that i have renal parenchymal disease as seen in my kub ultrasound, how many years do i still have to live? i'm only 36. i'm so sad to know this.

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Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Need more info ...: Before you become more anxious. Yes, it is true that increased renal echogenicity on us can indicate medical renal disease. But - that imaging finding needs to be correlated with laboratory tests of renal function and review of other diseases and medicines the patient may have. Please see your doctor and ask about this finding. A consult with a nephrologist (kidney specialist) may be useful.
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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 49 years experience
Renal disease: You should see a nephrologist for a 24 hour urine collection. An ultrasound reading is subjective and may vary from radiologist to radiologist. A 24 hour urine will get you a objective reading of how well, or poorly, your kidneys are working. Blood work taken by that doctor may also give a diagnosis of the cause of your kidney disease and provide a way to start its treatment. Good luck.
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Last updated Sep 21, 2016


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