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Dr. Quresh Khairullah Dr. Khairullah
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
38 years in practice
University of Mumbai, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College
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Could I have kidney failure if the ultrasound was normal?

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.

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

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


Dr. Michael Rothman Dr. Rothman
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Normal ursine output and normal urinalysises and normal kidney and bladder ultrasound! Can someone still have kidney failure?

Normal ursine output and normal urinalysises and normal kidney and bladder ultrasound! Can someone still have kidney failure?

Yes: The kidney's can fail in their function to filter the blood, yet all of the structural components of the kidneys can be normal. Also kidney failure does not necessarily show up on a ua.

Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Can u have kidney failure bec of urination frequency while ur kidney ultrasound resulted to normal and creatinine result is low? Appreciate help.

Can u have kidney failure bec of urination frequency while ur kidney ultrasound resulted to normal and creatinine result is low? Appreciate help.

No, increased: urinary frequency does not cause renal failure, nor does renal failure cause increased urinary frequency, However, certain underlying conditions (e.g. diabetes) can lead to both increased urinary frequency and kidney damage.

Dr. Milton Mintz Dr. Mintz
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
63 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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Would an ultra sound on my kidneys and a urinalysis show if I had kidney failure?

Would an ultra sound on my kidneys and a urinalysis show if I had kidney failure?

May be: The single best test to test for renal failure is serum creatinine. See this site for more info. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000501.htm.

Dr. Amy Friedman Dr. Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
34 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Can a urinalysis pick up kidney disease? Had multiple, also was in hospital for infection but nobody said anything about kidney failure. Ct, sonogram to.

It's a good start: A standard urinalysis does check for protein in the urine which is often a sign of kidney disease. But small amounts may be missed unless a more specific test is requested (for microalbuminuria). Other signs of kidney disease are an abnormal blood level of creatinine or blood in the urine (also detected in the urinalysis). Finally, many patients will start having elevated blood pressure.

Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Polycystic kidney disease in infants. What is the prognosis, will my niece be ok? Cysts were found on my nieces kidney during an ultrasound

Polycystic kidney disease in infants. What is the prognosis, will my niece be ok? Cysts were found on my nieces kidney during an ultrasound

Variable.: An answer for renal (kidney) specialist. But in some kids it may resolve spontaneously. In some it causes severe kidney malfunction with the worst case scenario, being eventual transplantation.Also can be associated with other defects. With proper care should eventually be ok.

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Dr. Jack Rubin Dr. Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
44 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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If creatinine and egfr are normal, what else are the markers for kidney failure?

If creatinine and egfr are normal, what else are the markers for kidney failure?

Kidney failure labs: Patients with kidney failure usually do not have normal egfr's or creatinine levels. Remember, "estimated" is the key word in the acronym egfr. Other lab abnormalities seen in chronic kidney disease (ckd) are a low hemoglobin level and a high parathyroid hormone level. Late stages of CKD have high phosphorous and potassium levels with a low serum bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). See your doctor for more information.

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Dr. Michael Gross Dr. Gross
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
42 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
26 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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My son has been diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure. The meds he's taking is giving him a constant headache. Is this Normal? And what can he take

My son has been diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure. The meds he's taking is giving him a constant headache. Is this Normal? And what can he take

Drug side effects: I'm sorry to hear about your son's condition but in situations such as this where you're asking about potential side effects, we need to know what he's taking. Consider checking www. Drugs. Com for info. Better yet, ask his nephrologist about side effects & options. Good luck.

Dr. Steve Montoya Dr. Montoya
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
43 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Dr. Kevin Griffiths Dr. Griffiths
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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How long it takes to get back to normal after an episode of acute kidney failure?

How long it takes to get back to normal after an episode of acute kidney failure?

Depends: If you have a less severe form of acute renal failure (ARF) like dehydration then probably a couple of days. However if you have a more severe form of ARF like a glomerulonephritis or infection causing acute tubular necrosis, the your recovering time might take weeks. In the severe form, you also may never get back to normal kidney function as well.

Dr. Reid Blackwelder Dr. Blackwelder
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
Emory University School of Medicine
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Does a low phoshorus level and low complement C3 but normal bun and creatin level mean kidney failure?

Does a low phoshorus level and low complement C3 but normal bun and creatin level mean kidney failure?

No: Kidney failure is defined by changes in bun/cr and more correctly GFR (glomerular filtration rate) over time. A normal BUN and cr is reassuring. Usually the phosphorus is high with kidney failure. A low complement (c3) level relates to the immune system and a possible deficiency there.

Dr. Philip Kern Dr. Kern
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
39 years in practice
New York Medical College
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I have type 1 diabets, now my blood sugar level is normal...Is there any problem in kidney failure in future?

I have type 1 diabets, now my blood sugar level is normal...Is there any problem in kidney failure in future?

Much lower: Kidney failure is related to blood sugar levels over many years. It is great that you are doing so well now... Keep it up. Keep your BP well controlled. Some people are more prone to kidney failure than others, but keeping blood sugar and BP normal will prevent most of it.

Dr. W. James Chon Dr. Chon
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
21 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Can woman who donates a kidney live normal life? What care must she take? Risk in pregnancy? Is there lowered life expectancy? Risk of kidney failure?

Can woman who donates a kidney live normal life? What care must she take? Risk in pregnancy? Is there lowered life expectancy? Risk of kidney failure?

Depends: Most of us need one well-functioning kidney to live normally. However, one needs to think seriously before deciding to become a living donor. After all, it is a major surgery (mortality rate 2-3 in 10, 000) and it requires general anesthesia. Recent studies have shown that former donors do have slightly higher chance of pregnancy-related complications (e.g. pre-eclampsia).

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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I can't urinate normal. I urinate but then there's still urge after I empty my bladder is it chronic kidney failure?

I can't urinate normal. I urinate but then there's still urge after I empty my bladder is it chronic kidney failure?

No, usually not...: Many females experience how the way you urinate. And how you urinate is not directly related with kidney function. For the time being, watch what you eat or drink to see if you can identify certain foods or beverages bothering your voiding. Notably, coffee and tea, spice foods, alcohol, etc may affect how you feel in the bladder. So, watch, see, and adjust for change. Best wishee...

Dr. Kathy Robinson Dr. Robinson
Family Medicine
28 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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76 yrs, female, stage 4 CKD, PTH 285, normal calcium, phospatase levels. Is this close to kidney failure? What to do?

76 yrs, female, stage 4 CKD, PTH 285, normal calcium, phospatase levels. Is this close to kidney failure? What to do?

Getting close: Stage 4 CKD is considered severe kidney disease with stage 5 considered end stage and requiring dialysis. The best thing to do is to see a nephrologist regularly and take medications they prescribe regularly. You should also avoid NSAIDs like motrin and aleve (naproxen). It would be good also to avoid salt and drink no alcohol.

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
Pain Management
25 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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My blood pressure is 130/55 is that good? My normal is 110/70. This isn't for me. This person has kidney failure and is undergoing dialysis 3 times/wk.

My blood pressure is 130/55 is that good? My normal is 110/70. This isn't for me. This person has kidney failure and is undergoing dialysis 3 times/wk.

Heart disease??: How is their heart? Have them see a heart doctor. Pulse pressure greater than 65 (130-55=75) may indicate heart disease. Http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/m/pubmed/12962774/.

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Dr. Michael Ekizian Dr. Ekizian
Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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elevated BUN, elevated k+, elevated chloride, normal creatinine, and decreased Co2. Could this indicate kidney failure?

elevated BUN, elevated k+, elevated chloride, normal creatinine, and decreased Co2. Could this indicate kidney failure?

Probably not: I need more information in order to optimally answer your question. However, at a glance, the best indicator of kidney function is creatinine clearance. BUN can be elevated from other processes. I would need to look at the lab report to confirm your impressions. You are too young to have CKD. You should review the labs with the doctor who ordered them.

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


Dr. Tarek Naguib
596 Doctors shared insights

Kidney Failure (Definition)

A condition in which your kidneys suddenly stop working normally. Since your kidneys remove waste products and help balance water and salt and other minerals (electrolytes) in your blood, when your kidneys stop working, waste products, fluids, and electrolytes build up in your body. This can cause problems ...Read more