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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

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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Will keppra for seizures cause any damage to a horseshoe kidney?

Will keppra for seizures cause any damage to a horseshoe kidney?

No - you will be ok: Keppra does not affect the kidneys much, it is predominantly metabolized in the blood. A horseshoe kidney has a different shape, but it is not especially susceptible to the toxic effects of medications. You should not be concerned about the effects of keppra on your kidney. ...Read more

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How can I treat horseshoe kidney?

How can I treat horseshoe kidney?

None required: Horseshoe kidney is usually two normal kidneys joined together in midline. Junction or isthmus can be anything from thick kidney tissue to a fibrous band. In past drs thought isthmus had 2b divided, this is almost always unnecessary ; then only with strong evidence that it is causing pain. Sometimes associated with ureteral obstruction ; hydronephrosis which can be corrected by a good urologist. ...Read more

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Does horseshoe kidney require treatment?

Does horseshoe kidney require treatment?

Usually no: Most horseshoe kidneys r in fact 2 normal kidneys attached at the lower end. Some subjects have hydronephrosis due to obstruction at kidney ureteropelvic juction ; may require surgical correction. Very occasional patient might have severe persistent or recurrent abdominal pain which might benefit from division of isthmus joining both kidneys. Was fashionable procedure 50yrs ago, thankfully no more. ...Read more

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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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How can I treat horseshoe kidney?

None required: Horseshoe kidney is usually two normal kidneys joined together in midline. Junction or isthmus can be anything from thick kidney tissue to a fibrous band. In past drs thought isthmus had 2b divided, this is almost always unnecessary ; then only with strong evidence that it is causing pain. Sometimes associated with ureteral obstruction ; hydronephrosis which can be corrected by a good urologist. ...Read more

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I have a horseshoe kidney. Lucky that II ha e not had many problems. As i age, are there concerns i need to be aware of? Do i need to b monitored

I have a horseshoe kidney.  Lucky that II ha e not had many problems.  As i age, are there concerns i need to be aware of?  Do i need to b monitored

Relax.: It's an interesting congenital anatomic variance but generally it shouldn't be problematic. You may have a slightly increased risk of kidney stones and infections, so be vigilant of symptoms, but don't let it be cause for over concern. Celebrate your uniqueness. ...Read more

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I have a horseshoe kidney so can I still donate a kidney?

I have a horseshoe kidney so can I still donate a kidney?

Not a likely choice: The horseshoe configuration is usually derived from a separation failure of embryonic kidney tissue in early life. Instead of forming two distinct kidneys, one is formed. An ultrasound could confirm this. ...Read more

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Does horseshoe kidney require treatment?

Usually no: Most horseshoe kidneys r in fact 2 normal kidneys attached at the lower end. Some subjects have hydronephrosis due to obstruction at kidney ureteropelvic juction ; may require surgical correction. Very occasional patient might have severe persistent or recurrent abdominal pain which might benefit from division of isthmus joining both kidneys. Was fashionable procedure 50yrs ago, thankfully no more. ...Read more