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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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Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys on scan. What to do next?

Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys on scan. What to do next?

Pre or postnatal US?: Kidneys are occasionally generous in their size on a prenatal ultrasound and revert to normal by 2 wks. When this is detected in pregnancy, i generally do another study @ 2 wks if i will be following the child or after birth if they plan to move to another town or dr. A post natal study is more accurate & can define more precisely if there are issues like a backup of urine in a ureter. ...Read more

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Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys, will this cause any complications?

Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys, will this cause any complications?

Maybe: If baby has polycystic kidneys, need to have a higher level us to screen for other abnormalities . Hard to say if kidneys are functioning well until after birth. ...Read more

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Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys. Boy. Should he see someone after birth?

Unborn baby has enlarged kidneys. Boy. Should he see someone after birth?

Yes: This should absolutely be reevaluated after birth. That does not mean that the baby will necessarily have problems. ...Read more

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My mother in law has enlarged kidneys is this normal? And what causes enlarged kidneys she's 64 years old

My mother in law has enlarged kidneys is this normal? And what causes enlarged kidneys she's 64 years old

Enlarged kidneys: Enlarged kidneys (ek) are usually seen in patients with glomerulonephritis. Patients with diabetes can also have large kidneys. Has your mother discussed her finding with the physician who ordered the ultrasound finding her ek? If not, she should. If she has, speak to her about the topic of her conversation. ...Read more

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What kinds of disorders are associated with enlarged kidneys on a fetal ultrasound?

What kinds of disorders are associated with enlarged kidneys on a fetal ultrasound?

Several.: Trisomy 18/13, polycystic renal disease, multicystic dysplastic kidney disease, renal tumors (mesoblastic nephroma) are all possibilities. Expert mfm advice and serial sonography are required. ...Read more

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I have stage 4 cirrhoses & enlarged kidneys. Recent test showed my Leukocyte Esterase of 500. What does this mean?

I assume you mean: a urine test for leukocyte esterase. This is a test to suggest the possibility of a urinary tract infection. An elevated level is more consistent with an infection than not. ...Read more

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What does an enlarged kidney mean in a fetus?

What does an enlarged kidney mean in a fetus?

Several causes.: Trisomy 18/13, polycystic renal disease, multicystic dysplastic kidney disease, hydronephrosis, renal tumors (mesoblastic nephroma) are all possibilities. Expert mfm advice and serial sonography are required. ...Read more

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UPJ obstruction in adult ( r kidney). Best treatment?

UPJ obstruction in adult ( r kidney). Best treatment?

Surgery: As you may know there is no medical treatment. Endoscopic endopyelotomy is the least invasive and requires several weeks of stenting( a tube left in the ureter to drain urine from kidney to bladder) until healing. Another option is laparoscopic or robotic repair but this can only be done by a urologist with extensive experience in this. Open surgery is, of course, the time tested treatment. ...Read more

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Who have risk of getting chronic kidney diseases in adults?

Who have risk of getting chronic kidney diseases in adults?

Everybody: Today there's a laboratory fad that overdiagnoses 'chronic kidney disease' in all well-muscled individuals based on serum creatinine levels. However, anyone who neglects high blood pressure or kidney infections or does not manage diabetes closely will end up sick bad kidneys, and a few disesaes strike at random. ...Read more

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What causes kidneys to enlarge?

What causes kidneys to enlarge?

Many reasons: An enlarged kidney can be caused by many reasons. One sided enlargement may be related to an anatomic issue blocking the ureter like a kidney stone, or even a mass. When both kidneys are enlarged this can occur related to blockage caused by kidney stones, or an enlarged prostate, diseases such as diabetes or polycystic kidney disease, inflammatory diseases etc. There are many reasons. ...Read more

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What can cause an enlarged kidney?

What can cause an enlarged kidney?

Several things:: Blockage of the ureter (e.g. Stones, tumors, valves) can lead to accumulation of fluid in the urinary space, leading to the most common form of enlargement called hydronephrosis. Severe urine reflux from the bladder can cause this as well. The organ itself can be enlarged in inflammation, such as a kidney infection; infiltration by cancer; or if there is a large or multiple kidney cysts. ...Read more

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What causes kidneys to be enlarged?

What causes kidneys to be enlarged?

Diabetes most common: But other conditions like cystic kidney diseases can occur. The majority of kidney diseases cause your kidneys to shrink. ...Read more

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What could cause an enlarged kidney?

What could cause an enlarged kidney?

Diabetes, PKD etc: Diabetes, PKD, and any situation where the other kidney is not working and therefore the one which is working becomes larger to take the extra work. ...Read more

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What could an enlarged kidney indicate?

What could an enlarged kidney indicate?

Many things: 1 kidney: infection, compensatory hypertrophy related to a small other kidney, obstruction of the drainage system 2 kidneys: diabetes with early kidney enlargement, myeloma and amyloid involvement in the kidney, bilateral infection, acute injury to the kidney with swelling, obstruction of the bladder ask your doc for a visit to go over the films. ...Read more

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What does an enlarged kidney actually mean?

What does an enlarged kidney actually mean?

Could be nothing: Kidney size correlates some with the body size. However, a blockage of kidney makes it swell and be large but the diagnosis is not going to be an elarged kidney but an obstructed kidney. Another reason is early in diabetic kidney disease where the kidneys get bigger early then start slowly shrinking over the years. Usually patient has diabetes and protein increase in urine. ...Read more

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What is a common cause for an enlarged kidney?

What is a common cause for an enlarged kidney?

HYDRONEPHROSIS: A swollen kidney typically is due to a backflow or sluggish through flow out of it and into the bladder. Kidney stones/ bladder area blockage/massive prostate size and of course tumors are the most common causes. Usually your other kidney keeps things going until over burdened. This can cause kidney failure or significant irreversible damage. ...Read more

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Had a 30 week scan and was told babys kidney were enlarged, lots of water, what can this be as they mentioned something about a syndrome, please help.

Had a 30 week scan and was told babys kidney were enlarged, lots of water, what can this be as they mentioned something about a syndrome, please help.

Need more info, but: If the diagnosis is prenatal hydronephrosis is the most common anomaly detected by us in the United States. About 1/2 of these cases have normal us when after birth. Of the 1/2 which persist, about 2/3 are due to obstruction by a kink or stricture at the junction of the ureter (tube from the kidney) with the bladder. It is possible I am misunderstanding your question - if so, please ask again. ...Read more

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Enlarged Kidneys (Definition)

Enlarged kidneys are a clinical finding in which the kidneys, which normally create urine and maintain a normal balance of chemicals in the blood, are larger than in ...Read more