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Can I still live a normal life with one kidney?

Can I still live a normal life with one kidney?

Yes: Many people are born with a single kidney instead of two and never know about it unless they have some form of medical imaging. ...Read more

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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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My kidney function was not so good 5 months ago, but still in normal range, now on ultrasound, one kidney is 100mm and other 90mm, is this normal?

My kidney function was not so good 5 months ago, but still in normal range, now on ultrasound, one kidney is 100mm and other 90mm, is this normal?

Normal size: The renal length varies with height and weight and decreases slowly with age. Right kidney is usually slightly smaller than the Left. Normal size ranges from 9-12 cm (90-120 mm) and the difference in size should not exceed 2 cm. **So the size of the kidneys is normal. Besides size the texture of the kidney(Its "Ecogenicity") is often increased in chronic renal disease. ...Read more

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Had mono one year ago. Still able to feel lymph nodes in neck, reduced in size but never went away. 1 near throat is kidney bean size. Normal?

Had mono one year ago. Still able to feel lymph nodes in neck, reduced in size but never went away. 1 near throat is kidney bean size. Normal?

Possibly: These residual lymph nodes are pretty common after mononucleosis. The kidney bean sized one seems a litter larger than normal. If a lymph node is larger than one centimeter then it may need to be biopsied. Please see your doctor and have a full body lymph node evaluation and possibly some blood tests. ...Read more

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Can you live a normal life with one kidney?

Can you live a normal life with one kidney?

Yes: Remember, some people intentionally donate a kidney for the purpose of saving another's life. This is one of the most altruistic acts i can think of. Kidney donors are known for living full wonderful normal lives. It is indeed possible to live a normal life with a solitary kidney. ...Read more

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I have one right kidney half in size than left kidney, can it affect normal life?

I have one right kidney half in size than left kidney, can it affect normal life?

See below: You can have one congenitally small kidney and have a normal function .Other causes sometimes associated with hypertension are narrowing of the blood vessel to the smaller kidney or a chronic blockage resulting in kidney shrinkage. Blood tests can help decide if the kidney function is normal, stable or deterirating. ...Read more

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Man 50 years old done for him kidney transplant since 7years ago does he looks normal person or still has kidney problem risk for his life or healthy?

Man 50 years old done for him kidney transplant since 7years ago does he  looks normal person or still has kidney problem risk for his life or healthy?

Regular follow up: Kidney transplant patients can lead normal life. They need regular follow up at transplant center, with a nephrologist and a primary care physician. Also need to take medication regularly. ...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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Is it bad to only have 1 kidney ? Can i still exercise i just found out today i only have one but i've always been healthy

Is it bad to only have 1 kidney ? Can i still exercise i just found out today i only have one but i've always been healthy

One kidney: Patients with one kidney can live healthy and long lives with no complications. Every living-related kidney donor has one kidney and has no propensity to have an increased risk of kidney failure. That being said, if you have a problem with your remaining kidney due to an accident, for example, you have no other kidney to prevent you from going into renal failure. Enjoy. ...Read more

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What is a normal bun for a person with one kidney?

What is a normal bun for a person with one kidney?

Co-tango usually: A patient with one kidney should have a creatinine less than 1.0 mg/dl still. The BUN should be less than 10. The BUN is usually 10 times the creatinine. When the creatinine goes up, the BUN goes up similarly to roughly keep this proportion, in most kidney disease states. Mild elevations of BUN with normal creatinines aren't of concern. ...Read more

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What is the normal creatine level for someone with one kidney?

Not reliable: The creatinine will still likely be in the normal range, if the remaining kidney is normal. It's is because creatinine is not a sensitive marker for kidney disease, and much loss has to occur before the creat becomes abnormal. A 24h for creatinine clearance is a better indicator of renal function. ...Read more