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How common is it to be born with one kidney?

How common is it to be born with one kidney?

One in 750: According to the national kidney foundation, the chances of being born with one kidney is about 1/750. Assuming the remaining kidney is normal, the chances of living a normal life are good. People with one kidney may be at increased risk of having some protein spilled into the urine and may require closer attention. Such individuals should avoid frequent use of some medicines. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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Why are some people born with one kidney, and others two?

Why are some people born with one kidney, and others two?

Good question: Basically we often don't know. Every embryonic fetus has potential to develop 2 kidneys. All mammals have fetal metanephric nephric cells which divide thousands of times 2 develop into kidneys. Additionally iny "buds" develop on either side of developing fetal bladder, these buds lengthen & fuse with metanephric cells exactly in their center. Failure of any stage can result in no kidney that side. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why are some people born with born with one kidney, and others two?

Normal is marvelous: About 1/500 in the us will have some form of kidney defect.This may be one that never formed, one thet has separate parts and collection systems, one that joins the other kidney in the shape of a horseshoe.Rarely, both never form at all and the baby dies soon after birth.First degree relatives of a person with a defect have a 1/50 chance of some defect, not necessarily the same.Cause unknown. ...Read more

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What to do if i myself was born with one kidney and i'd like to know the disadvantages of it?

What to do if i myself was born with one kidney and i'd like to know the disadvantages of it?

See below: Generally speaking one kidney should give you sufficient function throughout your life it does not hurt to check out the urine and measure creatinine/gfr which is a blood test if there is a stone in that kidney and blocks it, it is a problem compared to other people who may have a stone, but have a functioning other kidney ofcourse a freak accident injury to only one kidney would also be a problem. ...Read more

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Hello. I have a little nice who was born with one kidney and i really want know what is good for her and what is bad? I want know what i can do ?

Hello. I have a little nice who was born with one kidney and i really want know what is good for her and what is bad? I want know what i can do ?

Single Kidney: One kidney is enough to have a normal life if no other issues. The single kidney acquire bigger size due to compensatory hypertrophy to handle the functions of two. There will be some restriction for her to stay out of trouble, e.g. Contact/violent sports, food, fluid intake, etc. Talk to her nephrologist who will give you a general guideline to follow. ...Read more

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

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

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". ...Read more

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I was born with one kidney. Is it possible to develop potter syndrome with only one kidney?

I was born with one kidney. Is it possible to develop potter syndrome with only one kidney?

No: The potter syndrome arises when the fetus does not make pee during pregnancy.It is not a lot, but it adds to the fluid surrounding the fetus & provides a cushion between the fetus & the uterus muscle.When there is no pee =no cushion, the fetus is squeezed tight & there is no room for the lungs to develop.One kidney makes enough during pregnancy & you never develop Potter syndrome after birth. ...Read more

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Can you get a tattoo if you where born with one kidney?

Can you get a tattoo  if you where born with one kidney?

Yes: There is no contraindication to getting a tattoo. However; a tattoo puts you at risk for infection and you need to protect that kidney. I would not risk it. All the best. ...Read more

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I was born with one kidney and I weigh 130Lbs. How much protein can my body handle?

I was born with one kidney and I weigh 130Lbs. How much protein can my body handle?

A normal diet: Luckily we have duplicates of some organs and can often get by on one.The kidney can/will support a normal diet with no particular restrictions unless you have had some form of injury to that kidney. If so, the doc should monitor your system and provide you with specific guidance.If you are looking into taking those marginal protein supplements to support muscle building,talk with your doc first. ...Read more

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I was born with one kidney on my left side and two conjoined kidneys on my right side i get perocet from the dr for back pain but dont take them all t?

I was born with one kidney on my left side and two conjoined kidneys on my right side i get perocet from the dr for back pain but dont take them all t?

Duplication: Sounds like you may have a duplicated system on the right. Rarely this causes pain on its own. You can have reflux of urine from the bladder up into the kidney that can result in pain. I would recommend seeing a urologist and getting a voiding cystourethrogram (VCUG). ...Read more

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Healthy young male, 23 y/o born with one kidney on his last blood test had potassium lvl 5.12(upper limit 5.1). What can he do to lower it by himself?

Healthy young male, 23 y/o born with one kidney on his last blood test had potassium lvl 5.12(upper limit 5.1). What can he do to lower it by himself?

Stop worrying: Lab reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthy folks fall outside on either side. At age 23, you need to be concerned with getting your career underway, forming relationships, perhaps finding somebody special. The last thing you need to be doing is obsessing about your labs. Be thankful for good health. Stay fit and enjoy being young. ...Read more

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I just had a spinal fusion and i was born with only one kidney, so i'm worried about the effects on my kidney?

I just had a spinal fusion and i was born with only one kidney, so i'm worried about the effects on my kidney?

Should B none: The surgery will not have an effect on ur kidney. Beware of the antibiotics u take 4 any thing. No contact sports, also nsaids. Trauma amd drug toxicity are the things 2 watch. ...Read more

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Is it bad to consume alcoholic beverages when you were born with only one kidney?

Is it bad to consume alcoholic beverages when you were born with only one kidney?

Decision: At your age it may be difficult to have the ability to use judgement about things - or you might be exceptional. Very, very moderate alcohol - a glass of wine, a single beer or light mixed drink should be low risk - but it still might be wise to just avoid it. You don't have a spare. Many people can't control their consumption. Your upbringing and maturity will play a big role in your decision. ...Read more

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Does being born with only one kidney mean you only have one adrenal gland?

Does being born with only one kidney mean you only have one adrenal gland?

No: Good question. They are two separate organs so you should still have 2 adrenals. ...Read more

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Hi!i was born with only 1 kidney (left one) and i will be 36 yrs in may. I am nearly 7 wks pregnant after 11 years of marriage.wat r the risks?

Hi!i was born with only 1 kidney (left one) and i will be 36 yrs in may. I am nearly 7 wks pregnant after 11 years of marriage.wat r the risks?

Nothing particular: As long as you get good pre-natal care which includes monitoring basic kidney function you should be fine. Any pregnant person can develop significant high blood pressure and problems that can cause kidney damage, regardless of how many kidneys you have. ...Read more

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I get a lot of urinary tract infections and i was born with out one kidney , i get bad headaches and know i'm having nose bleeds , is this bad ?

I get a lot of urinary tract infections and i was born with out one kidney , i get bad headaches and know i'm having nose bleeds , is this bad ?

Symptoms: All of these symptoms may or may not be connected to one cause. This sounds like you need to have a primary care doctor with whom you can communicate effectively. Check with friends and relatives to find a physician who will spend the time and effort to evaluate you and explains their findings to you effectively. Good luck. ...Read more

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What if a baby is born with a smaller kidney then the other one ?

What if a baby is born with a smaller kidney then the other one ?

It happends: This is often found as an incidental finding on an ultrasound done for other reasons. Some are born with only one kidney & rarely one like a horseshoe. There are also a few born with double collection systems. Your doctor would just follow this during the child's lifetime & possibly look early & specifically at the kidneys if any related symptoms begin to appear. ...Read more