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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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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