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what does heterogeneity of echotexture in the kidney mean?

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Dr. S. Smiley Thakur
Nephrology and Dialysis 31 years experience
Ultrasound cloudy: The increased echogenicity generally means there is some chronic process going on. Knowing the sizes of the kidneys, whether there are stones, cysts, or evidence of obstruction, are all important other features that aid in giving the entire impression. , .

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A 40-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
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
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
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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A 35-year-old member asked:

How will I be notified if a kidney is available?

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Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 42 years experience
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
General Surgery 18 years experience
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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