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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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One of my baby's kidneys showed dilation. What does that mean?

One of my baby's kidneys showed dilation. What does that mean?

Needs to evaluate: It is not uncommon to find a condition called vesico ureteral reflux or a narrowing of the drainage portion of the kidney as it meets the ureter or so called upj stenosis.
Both of these would require a pediatric urology opinion.
In the great majority of cases medical treatment and observation over time is all that is required. ...Read more

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I have a horseshoe kidney but said it was only on one side, what does this mean?

I have a horseshoe kidney but said it was only on one side, what does this mean?

The 2 joined togethr: This generally would mean the tissues meant to form 2 separate kidneys never separated and just formed one. ...Read more

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Does a CT scan that shows dialation in one of the kidneys mean cancer?

Does a CT scan that shows dialation in one of the kidneys mean cancer?

Not necessarily: Dilation is a reflection of obstruction which may be due to a cancer or a benign tumor/polyp, a small stone, or a scarring of ureter. ...Read more

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I have one kidney, and I'm going through renal failure I'm confused what does this mean for me?

I have one kidney, and I'm going through renal failure I'm confused what does this mean for me?

Get good help: If you are going down this road that means eventual dialysis or kidney transplant. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does thickening of kidney tissue mean in a 20 week fetus one md says DS the other says it means it's developing. What's your thought?

What does thickening of kidney tissue mean in a 20 week fetus one md says DS the other says it means it's developing. What's your thought?

Here are some...: To save your time and avoid unnecessary worry & anxiety, it would be most beneficial to refer this question to your OB-doc who ordered the test. To interpret prenatal US of a fetus, it is good idea to correlate with your overall clinical picture and other parts of the fetus; at times, a second US in 6-8 weeks may be needed for comparison and deduction of the related clinical consistency. So, ask d ...Read more

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Does being born with only one kidney mean you only have one adrenal gland?

Does being born with only one kidney mean you only have one adrenal gland?

No: Good question. They are two separate organs so you should still have 2 adrenals. ...Read more

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Is taking cucumber bad while one is suffering from kidney disease. I mean renel tubular ascidoses.

OK: Renal tubular acidosis (RTA) happens when there is impaired reabsorption of bicarbonate and/or impaired acidification by the kidneys. One way to treat RTA is to give alkaline substances (sodium bicarbonate). Cucumbers are considered high alkaline forming foods and should be ok to consume if you have rta. ...Read more

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I'm 29 weeks I went to have a ultrasound done & he said my daughter dilated that one kidney bigger than the other. What does it mean?

I'm 29 weeks I went to have a ultrasound done & he said my daughter dilated that one kidney bigger than the other. What does it mean?

Perhaps nothing: A dilated kidney on us can indicate a blockage in the ureter from the kidney as well as damage to the kidney. More often than not, however, this is a finding that resolves on its'own over time. It is the cost of of technology--finding things that may ultimately be of no significance. Serial ultrasounds will clarify this. ...Read more

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I had one more quick question. If bun 25, creatinine 1.5, bun/creat ratio 17, egfr 58...The egfr means im in stage 3 CKD right? 58% kidney function?

I had one more quick question. If bun 25, creatinine 1.5, bun/creat ratio 17, egfr 58...The egfr means im in stage 3 CKD right? 58% kidney function?

Stage 3 CKD: You are correct in that your estimated GFR of 58 ml/min puts you into stage 3 chronic kidney disease. Remember, your GFR is estimated. The actual result may be greater, or lower, than the egfr. To get your acutal gfr, have a 24 hour urine for creatinine clearance. Ask the physician who orders this test to have proteinuria (p) assess in that sample. If p is present, it may needed to be treated. ...Read more

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Hi I only have one kidney hydronephritis cyst and stone in the remaining. Mag3 scan I was not given Lasix (furosemide) does that mean there is no obstruction?

Hi I only have one kidney hydronephritis cyst and stone in the remaining. Mag3 scan I was not given Lasix (furosemide) does that mean there is no obstruction?

Several meanings: Several reasons for not receiving Lasix (furosemide) during mag3 scan. The first reason is that there was no stasis in kidney and Lasix (furosemide) was not necessary to prove presence or lack of kidney obstruction. Another reason is that function of remaining kidney was so impaired that Lasix (furosemide) was not going to offer any additional information. You should ask your doctor for clarification of study results. ...Read more

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What does the term "full" kidney mean in a given result of an ultrasound? But not having to do with urine. My daughter has a small fluid filled cyst on one of her kidneys, she under goes repeated ultrasounds. Now there is an issue ith her other kidney, vi

What does the term "full" kidney mean in a given result of an ultrasound? But not having to do with urine. My daughter has a small fluid filled cyst on one of her kidneys, she under goes repeated ultrasounds. Now there is an issue ith her other kidney, vi

I: I have heard this term used with fetal ultrasounds - (pyelectasis) which means that there can be dilation of the central part of the kidney. I will change this from unspecified specialty to diagostic radiologist, to get a better chance of getting exact info. I suggest that you ask your doctor what he specifically meant whe using the term "full kidney". ...Read more

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What does it mean if my right kidney hurts and my left one hurts sometimes? I also have foamy and dark urine. And I have sharp heart pain occasionally

What does it mean if my right kidney hurts and my left one hurts sometimes? I also have foamy and dark urine. And I have sharp heart pain occasionally

Its quite: UNUSUAL to feel "Kidney Pain" unless infected or otherwise abnormal (obstruction, stones, etc)
"Foamy and Dark" are very NON-SPECIFIC appearances for urine! @
The sharp "heart pain" is most likely NOT from your heart....people don't describe cardiac pain as pain "in or from" their hearts
THUS:" YOU NEED A VISIT TO YOUR PCP (Primary Care Provider) with whom you should discuss these concerns!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Will staying adequately hydrated greatly reduce risk of developing a kidney stone? How big a factor does genetics play? I'm terrified of getting one

Will staying adequately hydrated greatly reduce risk of developing a kidney stone? How big a factor does genetics play? I'm terrified of getting one

Kidney stones: 43 M asks about hydra trio and kidney stones and genetics. ANS: depends on the kind of stones.
some strongly inherited. Look at your family tree. No stones worry less. Tests in stone formers on hydration decreasing stones are not strongly positive. But those who live in hot dry areas more likely too get stones. ...Read more

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Can EPO abuse stop the kidneys from producing their own EPO once drug use is ended I've read plenty of research about erythropoietin abuse by athletes, and there is consensus that one of the big risks is polycythemia and the possibility of strokes, hypert

Can EPO abuse stop the kidneys from producing their own EPO once drug use is ended I've read plenty of research about erythropoietin abuse by athletes, and there is consensus that one of the big risks is polycythemia and the possibility of strokes, hypert

Yes,: Yes, once exogenously administered erythropoietin is stopped, assuming that the patient's kidneys are normal (where erythropoietin is primarily made), they should resume making erythropoietin on their own. Erythropoietin also known as epo, is a hormone that controls erythropoiesis, or red blood cell production. ...Read more

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What could clear tissue in urine mean? 74 yr old with one kidney removed due to cancer as well as bladder infections.

What could clear tissue in urine mean? 74 yr old with one kidney removed due to cancer as well as bladder infections.

Not sure what: Clear tissue may mean, but it is time to get a urne analysis and some blood work, and then decision about imaging or cystoscopy. You did not say if it was the kidney, its pelvis or ureter that was cancer. I would definitely call or visit your urologist. ...Read more

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250 rbc/ul in urine analysis, what does it mean. ..my mother has only one kidney the second one was blocked by stone during 30 years...Is it very dang?

250 rbc/ul in urine analysis, what does it mean. ..my mother has only one kidney the second one was blocked by stone during 30 years...Is it very dang?

Blood in urine: Blood in the urine is not normal and should be evaluated. Possible causes include infection, stones, blood disorders, trauma. Your doctor can help sort this out. If the urine specimen was collected during your menses, it should be repeated when your menses is over. ...Read more

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My husband just had a CT scan that showed dilation in one of his kidneys. Does this mean blockage?

Yes: A dilated ureter is the sign of blockage. This can be from anatomic problems, a kidney stone, enlarged prostate or anything pressing on or filing the inside of the tube leading away from the kidney. This needs evaluation by a urologist, the specialist best equipped to investigate this finding. ...Read more

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What does ths means, ua turbid, protein 3+, RBC 6-8, epithelial many, bact moderate, mucus thread mod, hyaline casts 2-4. I have only one kidney. Help.

What does ths means, ua turbid, protein 3+, RBC 6-8, epithelial many, bact moderate, mucus thread mod, hyaline casts 2-4. I have only one kidney. Help.

Something seriously: Wrong here. Infection or kidney failure are possible. Get to a doctor immediately before you get permanent damage to your remaining kidney. ...Read more

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If you have a period for one day and spotting two days later wit lower back pain what do this mean?

If you have a period for one day and spotting two days later wit lower back pain what do this mean?

Need more info: It is hard to say what that means without more details about your bleeding. Is this a normal or abnormal pattern for you? Changes in periods, especially with less bleeding or spotting can mean pregnancy, and any pain with abnormal bleeding might be a problem. Or might not. If you have more trouble or additional symptoms, please see someone to get a better answer. ...Read more

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I am currently 4 days late one my period, I'm experiencing lower back, stomach cramps, face is broke out, nausea and headaches. What does this mean???

I am currently 4 days late one my period, I'm experiencing lower back, stomach cramps, face is broke out, nausea and headaches. What does this mean???

It means...: Those symptoms can be signs of many things; however, if you have had sex, then you should take a pregnancy test. If it is negative, and you do not get your period in a week, retake the test (and see your gynecologist about your irregular cycles if it is still negative OR to discuss your pregnancy). If not pregnant and your other symptoms persist, be evaluated. Take care. ...Read more

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21 weeks preg. Had my scan yday and found the bub is 320 grams. Is it a good weight? One of the kidneys diallating showed 4.2 mm. Is something wrong?

21 weeks preg. Had my scan yday and found the bub is 320 grams. Is it a good weight? One of the kidneys diallating showed 4.2 mm. Is something wrong?

36%tile; pyelectasis: The estimated fetal weight is at the 36%tile for 21 weeks (i.e. Normal). The fluid in the fetal kidneys is at the maximum normal (4 mm) at this stage and merits follow-up ultrasound at 32 weeks to make sure it is not getting worse. You should be content that things are going well and keep all prenatal care appointments. Best of luck! ...Read more

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If I only have one kidney, should I be wearing something to protect it during contact sports?

If I only have one kidney, should I be wearing something to protect it during contact sports?

Yes: Yes, depending on the type of contact sports. Contact sports that involve high velocity contact (football, some martial arts, boxing) need protection. Those with less of a chance of impact to the abdomen or back (basketball, soccer, cheer) should discuss it with their doctor. Those contact sports with low impact to the abdomen or back (wrestling, volleyball), it is not likely needed. ...Read more

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Wat does kidney gritt mean?

Wat does kidney gritt mean?

Big crystals, sand?: Kidney grit and sand most likely are crystals in the urine. Some crystals form in normal urine if the urine is concentrated (not dilute), so has a high concentration of minerals. Other crystals are abnormal crystals that form and grow... And can turn into kidney stones if they get big enough. Abnormal concentrations of certain minerals can be related to one's diet, genetics, and water intake. ...Read more

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Can one have kidney spasms?

Can one have kidney spasms?

Bladder spasms: The kidneys make urine, but do not have spasms. Spasms are associated with excessive muscle contractions, which can occur in the muscles of the bladder. ...Read more