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Doctor insights on: Can I Sell One Of My Kidneys

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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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One of my kidneys is 10 and the other is 12... Is that normal?

One of my kidneys  is 10  and the other is 12... Is that normal?

What is measured?: Not sure what is being measured. If you were told they were 10 and 12 cm in length from an x-ray or ultrasound study that is probably within normal ranges. ...Read more

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Should I change any of my eating habits if I donated one of my kidneys?

Should I change any of my eating habits if I donated one of my kidneys?

Overall health: There is no special diet a kidney donor has to follow. I recommend common sense and overall health maintainence. Don't put yourself at risk for kidney problems. Therefore maintain a healthy weight to avoid adult onset diabetes and problems with hypertension. Don't smoke. Watch cholesterol. Exercise. ...Read more

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Does blood production go down after I donate one of my kidneys?

Does blood production go down after I donate one of my kidneys?

No: Although kidney donors may lose a small amount of blood during their surgery, this doesn't usually cause anemia. In terms of red blood cell production, this is driven by a hormone called erythropoeitin that is made by the kidney(s). Research has shown that the remaining kidney is able to compensate and produce enough erythropoeitin to maintain red blood cells and avoid anemia in the donor. ...Read more

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I have a double ureter on one of my kidneys. Will this cause me to have problems when conceiving?

I have a double ureter on one of my kidneys. Will this cause me to have problems when conceiving?

Kidney Duplication: Duplication of the ureters is not associated with any increased difficulty with conception. Other more serious congential urinary abnormalities, however, are associated with abnormalities in other organs. If your only finding is duplication then this occurs only 1% of the time. That makes you unique! ...Read more

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Why is it that there were only red and blue dots on one of my kidneys and not the other in an ultrasound?

Why is it that there were only red and blue dots on one of my kidneys and not the other in an ultrasound?

False color-chk: The red & blue dots r most likely the false color signals from the Doppler mode of the ultrasound (US) machine. Doppler US helps determine blood flow; however, it is very dependent on how the transducer ("wand") is held in relation to the body. More likely, Doppler was applied to 1 of ur kidneys, & not to the other b/c the tech or doc thought he/she saw something. Anything abnl shd b in the report ...Read more

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Since I have a 2.5cm growth inside one of my kidneys and just got back labs with abnormal kindey results, do I have cancer?

Since I have a 2.5cm growth inside one of my kidneys and just got back labs with abnormal kindey results, do I have cancer?

Need more info: It really depends on the characteristics of the growth. A ct or and MRI would provide very helpful information in answering your question. A medical oncologist or a urologist would be great resources to review those images. ...Read more

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One of my kidneys is atrophic so it's really hard to find in a sonogram. Can it eventually disappear completely?

One of my kidneys is atrophic so it's really hard to find in a sonogram. Can it eventually disappear completely?

On Sono, Yes!: If the kidney continues to involute and become more echogenic (white) it can be indistinguishable from the surrounding renal fat. Essentially disappearing. Would still be visible on ct. ...Read more

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I have to much calcium and vitamin d. One of my kidneys was removed as had calcified. What are they signs that this is happening again and what othe?

I have to much calcium and vitamin d.  One of my kidneys was removed as had calcified.  What are they signs that this is happening again and what othe?

Hypercalcemia: You need a specialist some commentsloss of a kidney due to hypercalcemia uncommon generally dystrophic calcification due to a bad kidney like poly cystic disease hypercalcemia can have kidney issues make sure u are not toxic vitamin d or over replaced calcium parathyroid function needs to be looked at certain diseases like sarcoidosis can cause incresed d underlying kidney disease makes these wors. ...Read more