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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Atrophic Kidney

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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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Can certain medications cause the kidney to become atrophic?

Yes.: Many drugs can result in renal failure which will eventually lead to atrophy of the kidneys. It's rare today though since we are well aware of these drugs and your doctor should monitor renal function if you're taking them. ...Read more

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Can cancer drugs cause a kidney to become atrophic and damage the other?

Can cancer drugs cause a kidney to become atrophic and damage the other?

Yes: Certain cancer drugs are known to be toxic to the kidneys, which is why your kidney function is closely monitored on them. ...Read more

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What is cortical atrophy of the kidney & cause?

What is cortical atrophy of the kidney & cause?

Renal atrophy: Renal atrophy can happen to single or bilateral kidneys. First you need to consider whether it is due to congenital renal dysplasia. Uremia, Acute Glomerular Disease, Diabetic Nephrosclerosis, rejection reaction of kidney transplant, Chronic Glomerulonephritis, renal cortical necrosis, Alport Syndrome, acute renal tubular necrosis, Hypertensive Nephrosclerosis...etc. ...Read more

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54 yr f recent CT mult.Focal areas cortical atrophy rt kidney w/ intrarenal stones in both. history ic- chronic abd/bil flank burning x3wks, poss cause?

54 yr f recent CT mult.Focal areas cortical atrophy rt kidney w/ intrarenal stones in both.  history ic- chronic abd/bil flank burning x3wks, poss cause?

Kidney stones: Stones can cause blood in urine and flank pain. Areas of atrophy may be related to older stones that may have passed. Need to see a kidney doctor (nephrologist) and a urologist. Primary hyperparathyroidism could is one cause that could present like this. Parathyroid levels need checked if no already done. ...Read more

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I am 36 yr male with extremly atrophied left kidney . What can I do?

I am 36 yr male with extremly atrophied left kidney . What can I do?

Take care of Rt. one: Make sure there are no issues that might threaten your remaining kidney like obstruction or urinary reflux. If you think you might be having a urinary infection get it treated promptly. Keep track of your blood pressure and get treated if it is high. ...Read more

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Any ideas if I can have kids if I have atrophic right kidney?

Any ideas if I can have kids if I have atrophic right kidney?

Yep: If your overall kidney function (measured most commonly by a blood test) is normal, an atrophic kidney shouldn't give you any problems conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to full term. If you have reduced kidney function, you may be at a higher risk for pregnancy complications. Your primary care doctor and obstetrician can help advise you. Best of luck! ...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