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Could I Have Kidney Failure If The Ultrasound Was Normal
Yes: The kidney is responsible for excreting waste and maintaining salt and water balance among many other functions.These are performed by special cells with enzymes/proteins within the kidney at an ultrastructural level the function of the kidney may be reduced even if the ultrasound is normal.Ultrasounds are useful to detect size and shape of kidneys and see if the urine flow is blocked. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more
If I had a nephrectomy due to renal dysplasia, but was told my remaining kidney was healthy, how often should I get my kidney checked?
Infrequently: Prognosis for normal health + life span is excellent. Solitary remaining kidney will provided more function than you need as has undergone so called compensatory hypertrophy. Avoui xs animal protein or added salt in diet. (good advice for everyone) annual blood pressure check and biannual blood creatinine check should more than suffice and can be performed by your primary health care physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If i had an artery/renal sonogram that came back normal, does that mean my heart and kidneys are ok?
Urinalysis: The answer is yes. Typically patients with certain kidney diseases such as that due to hypertension can have a normal urinalysis. Additionally early kidney disease may not necessarily show evidence on urinalysis. Their are urine biomarkers, that are expensive and special tests that are more sensitive to diagnosing kidney disease. These are not typically used in current practice yet. ...Read more
I am having lower back pain . I had done blood work and ultrasound before 2 months .Everything was fine .Is this pain due to kidney failure or disease?
My ultrasound i had done today said i had cortical echogenicity in both yet it could be from the technique vs renal mass. Should i be concerned?
Hmmm: Thats sounds very wishy washy. You either have normal echogenicity or increased encgencity. You should ask your nephrologist if you have one. You definitely dont want to have a possible renal mass. You might need more imaging. Most renal imaging needs contrast - as your radiologist *who is me. ...Read more
If I had an EKG abnormal and showed right atrial enlargement/possible infarct, then had another that was completely normal, can I ignore the first?
Unfortunately many: physicians are no longer able to read an EKG and depend on the computer interpretation printed on the top. This interpretation can often be affected by insignificant and irrelevant electrical artifacts. At your age it is unlikely that there is ANY abnormality present let alone an infarct. I suspect the Normal EKG is the accurate one and the other can be discarded. ...Read more
I had kub utz in april and it says renal parenciymal disease. I had kub utz again just yesterday in another center and it is normal sonogram of kidney?
Ultrasound showed 4cm mass on bladder and CT showed nothing. What could have happened? Should I go back to the dr or just assume ultrasound was wrong?
Don't assume: anything, no test is 100% accurate. Your doctor or the radiologist should compare the ultrasound to the CT and figure out what is going on, and recommend next steps. ...Read more
I think I have acidosis. I have all the signs an symptoms.Ph tested my stool, urine, saliva an all were abnormal.Could this be signs of damaged kidneys?
Kidney failure?: The best way to assess your kidney function is with a simple blood test that will give you your serum creatinine level as well as your co2, potassium and BUN levels. If these are normal, you do not have an acidosis and no kidney disease. If they are not, see a nephrologist to assess your kidney function. Good luck. ...Read more
Could my blood pressure and heart rate tell if i was having a heart attack or could it be normal even if I was having one ?
Not always: Some people can experience mild heart attacks with little or no effect on their heart rate or blood pressure and also at times no pain especially if they have conditions like diabetes as well.Really need ECG and blood studies to confirm heart attack. Talk to cardiologist if really concerned. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My alt is raised to 76. I had an ultrasound and it was fine. Could I still have cirrhosis or would something have shown on the ultrasound?
Need more info: Why was the test done? All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, ALT of 76 alone is not sufficient information to provide an opinion. You should discuss the matter with the doctor who ordered the test as s/he knows more about your health. ...Read more
My bun was a 10 and my creatine was 0.8. Could i still have kidney failure or would those levels have to be high? I have protein in urine regularly!
I have was just diagnosed with a UTI & kidney infection. I also had a CT scan which showed no Kidney stones. The urgent care Dr. i have been seeing the last 2 days is at a loss on why i am having the sever kidney pain. He assumes its due to me taking narc
UTI w/ pain: Kidney or bladder pain ? Peri renal infection? Tried a relaxant - pyridium (phenazopyridine)? Is the bug sensitive to the antibiotic and no other signs of drug reaction? if all normal could be interstitial cystitis , or hyperalgesia to narcs ( usually you chronic. narcs use) f/u w/ urologist http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/interstitial-cystitis/basics/tests-diagnosis/con-20022439 ...Read more
I was diagnosed with pneumonia 3 weeks ago, which also showed I had an enlarged spleen and heart. I was told the spleen was enlarged due to being so sick, why would my heart be enlarged, is it also part of pneumonia? and will it go back to normal size?
Get 2nd opinion: This doesn't seem like a complete picture. Consider getting a second opinion from an internist or hematologist. ...Read more
I just had a normal pelvic ultrasound done and it was normal, but if i was 9 weeks pregnant would it have shown in the ultrasound?
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Thought i had a kidney infection urine and CBC normal having lots of pain below the button in my pelvis had an ultrasound normal what could it be?
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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