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Doctor insights on: Does It Mean Something If One Kidney Is Slightly Bigger Than The Other

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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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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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Im 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?

Im 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