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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
Is it safe to have a CTA of coronaries. I had CTPA to rule out PE but my kidneys were aching for days after the CTPA. Should I ask for reg angiogram?
Depends on why: Whether you have a CT angiogram of the coronaries or a coronary angiogram via catheterization depends on why you are having it done. If you are having it done for chest pain or strongly suspected coronary artery disease, then consider the catheterization. Otherwise CTA or stress echocardiography is an option. The dye used in both is the same. In any case, hydration is key to protecting kidneys ...Read more
Kidney & Supplements: Without knowing your current kidney function, it's difficult to comment definitively. Many people with kidney disease need to restrict their protein intake. There are supplements available for patients with various conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, and other situations. I would highly recommend checking with your doctor before beginning the regular use of supplements such as ensure. ...Read more
Kidney grit is not a medial term, but probably implies crystals in urine. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. ...Read more
See answer: "bulky" kidney is not a common or usual term used to describe the appearance of the kidney on an imaging (ultrasound, ct, etc) study or report. If there is no mention of a renal mass, hydronephrosis, or other pathology, it likely refers to the size, shape, or contour of your kidney and probably just represents a normal anatomical variation of no clinical significance. Ask your md for clarification. ...Read more
Very carefully: There is only indirect physical examination of the kidney, labs from the blood (bun and creatinine), urine (sodium, creatinine, potassium, albumen, protein, the appearance of the urine under a microscope), ultrasound of the kidney, or ct scan are helpful. Biopsy of the kidney can be done but only if the answer can't be obtained elsewhere. ...Read more
Varies: Until you lose 80-90% of your kidney function, you may not have very clear symptoms unless you have blood or urine test to see how the kidneys are functioning. If you have significant kidney problems, you might have high blood pressure, ankle swelling, fatigue (due to anemia), etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not often: Assuming you mean a stent in the renal artery and not a ureteral stent...The failure rate is very low and should be clinically obvious. For a ureteral stent it is a simple matter to replace or reposition. ...Read more
Cysts: Ultrasound shows stones as bright and spaces as dark (empty). The latter are likely cysts filled with urine. The number of cysts per kidney and location within the kidney are of interest. Together with the sizes of the kidneys and presence/absence of other features, provides the total clinical picture. ...Read more
Are you sure?: Are you sure you got kidney pain? So, please collect the feature, degree, and progress of the pain with its sequence of event, and bring those to doctor for review, analysis, more history, adequate physicals, and possible tests as needed to define what is it and how can be done. Best wish.. Yet, practicing healthy lifestyle with no overindulgence and obsession will help anyone to live better... ...Read more
Kidney: Usually one kidney can compensate for the loss of the other, granted it is in good condition. You don't mention why the one kidney is lost in the first place? Is it from disease or donation? The answer will vary accordingly. ...Read more