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Can Kidney Cyst Compromise My Immune System
A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more
Not sure: Adult polycystic kidney disease(numerous cysts form in both kidneys. It is a autosomal dominant genetic disease, meaning you inherit it from your parents.Can cause cysts in the liver and pancreas, aneurysms in the brain which can cause stroke.Urinary tract infections, blood in urine, high blood pressure kidney stones, renal failure, bowel diverticula can occur. No definite immune issues are related. ...Read more
Bartholin's cyst: Bartholin's cyst is an abscess formation when the small opening (duct) of one of the bartholin's glands (on each side of the vaginal opening) gets blocked with fluid accumulation and subsequently becomes inflamed and infected. Decreased immune response may precipitate recurrence of this problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Plenty of reasons: If your kidneys are losing protein in your urine (proteinuria), this can affect the production of antibodies to fight infections. If your kidney disease is a result of uncontrolled diabetes, elevated blood sugars can lower the immune response to infections. Finally, if one is on dialysis, great care must be taken to keep the dialysis site sterile as this is often a source of infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What effects can losing a kidney have on the body-can it cause fatigue, or affect the immune system?
Single kidney: Loss of one kidney should have no effect on bodily functions. You can live a normal life with one kidney. The one exception would be of you had faling kidneys. In that situation every bit of healthy kidney tissue is needed to maintain kidney functions, so loss of an entire kidney could have a significant consequence. Fatigue and even immune dysfunction could occur with more severe kidney failure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need clarification: If you're talking about pyelonephritis, an actual kidney infection, then antibiotic use is absolutely essential to management. If you're talking about a urinary tract infection like what most people get, then it depends. Asymptomatic women don't need to be treated but asymptomatic men should. Both symptomatic men and women should get treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does low kidney function cause low immune system with low WBC and platelets? Or would it be the other way around?
I've been quite ill recently, all different gastro bug, ovarian cysts and now lost voice and fever. Could it be stress be attacking my immune system ?
It's Possible: It is possible but you also describe some varying and very real medical conditions of which can all contribute to a suppression of your immune system. ...Read more
Mystery diagnosis... Recurrent liver/kidney function test abnormalities, weak immune system, fatigue, joint pain; but neg rf test... What's up w/me?!
Could be ...: The negative rheumatoid factor does not completely exclude rheumatoid arthritis but given the tests and symptoms you mention, it could be lupus erythematosus. You need to see a rheumatologist. Joint pain at your age is not "normal" and the liver and kidney abnormalities could be related. ...Read more
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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