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Horseshoe Kidney Hypertension
Interesting question: A horseshoe kidney would be created by the material that failed to separate & form two separate ones. You certainly couldn't do so while alive (you would die). I doubt that they could use one as a organ donation at death because of the abnormal blood supply and other hookups. ...Read more
A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more
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
Doc says that I have a horseshoe kidney, but also said that it was only on one side? Is this possible?
Yes: Horseshoe kidney is the common term for crossed fused renal ectopia. The kidneys cross the midline and are fused together into one unit. They are ectopic or out-of-place. While most end up near the middle of the body, sometimes the horseshoe. ...Read more
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
Horseshoe kidney means you have only one kidney due to the fusion of normally two separate kidneys, so you cannot donate one. Well you could, but it would entail more risk as the horseshoe kidney would need to be divided to remove one half.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
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
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
Hello my son is 1 year and 3 months and he was born with horseshoe kidney he also had neuroblastoma and had surgery for it about 3 weeks ago. He loves?
No?, no answer: You posted some interesting information but asked no related question. You get the most from this public site if you post related information and ask a concise question. You are welcome to start over. ...Read more
The 2 joined togethr: This generally would mean the tissues meant to form 2 separate kidneys never separated and just formed one. ...Read more
Here are some...: Yes, an expert can, but do you need such surgery? Remember: Not everyone with a white coat on has the same professional capacity; so I wish you well & luck. Before embarking a surgery, always balance the medical necessity and professional possibility. So, ask doctor with critical questions as to the indications, potential complications, and realistic expectation during and after surgery if needed. ...Read more
Horseshoe kidney: They are unrelated so if you have that it is a sporadic situation. ...Read more
No - you will be ok:
Keppra (levetiracetam) 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 (levetiracetam) on your kidney. ...Read more
Is a horseshoe kidney considered a disability? My Daughter was diagnosed about 1 year ago & can this be the reason for her unknown seizures.
Kidney and seizures: Horseshoe kidney is not a cause for seizures, and it should not affect a person's physical or mental abilities. ...Read more
I have stage 4 CKD caused by horseshoe kidney birth defect. Age 24. Also augmented bladder with miftroffonoff. I take D-Mannose and natural supplements along with diet to manage my health. Will taking activated charcoal benefit my kidney condition?
End stage disease:
High blood pressure makes the heart work harder and over time, can damage blood vessels throughout the body. If the blood vessels in the kidneys are damaged, they may stop removing wastes and extra fluid from the body. The extra fluid in the blood vessels may then raise blood pressure even more. It's a dangerous cycle.
High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of kidney failure. ...Read more
Big but preventable: Uncontrolled hypertension slowly damages kidneys and is a leading cause of kidney disease. An early sign is spillage of protein into the urine and later the blood level of creatinine starts to rise. Good blood pressure treatment works well to protect the kidneys and other organs from damage. ...Read more
What tests should be conducted to rule out kidney problem in a person who has diabetes and hypertension?
Few basic tests: Urine routine to r/o protein leak, blood chemistry -called basic metabolic profile - which will show urea, creatinine which are 2 important direct values related to kidney, if they are higher as in dm and htn, it is significant. Blood sugar, potassium level are the tests indirectly tell the severity of dm, and kidney dz respectively. Potassium is excreted by kidneyand high when diseased by dmhtn. ...Read more
Causes of hypertension in teenagers, when life style changes have not made a difference and kidneys are normal?
Mostly diet: Usually a diet high in salt is the most common, but other causes exist. Though uncontrolled stress and anxiety can be to blame, your doctor should evaluate you for other metabolic conditions that may cause hypertension. Some may include hyperthyroidism, hypercortisol states like cushing's, hyperaldosteronism, or even pheochromocytoma. ...Read more
Keep B/P: Under control, stay well hydrated, avoid all nsaid's and follow up with your doctor regularly for renal function testing. ...Read more
Kidney dz and HIBP: Absolutely yes; 30 percent of persons needing dialysis have had hypertension as their cause of kidney failure; high bp damages arteries and the glomerular structures, and thereby promote secretion of renin, which activates angiotensin; angiotensin elevates BP further; and further damages kidney -- vicious cycle; ...Read more
Are there any health food store teas I should avoid if some kidney damage from hypertension at 80?
The stuff in healthfood store has not been validated in an official way. If we see sometimes research fraud in medicine, we should expect lots more in non regulated industry like healthfood. No need to try non-formally tested stuff. You are 80 and have done well so far. Keep it this way. Control
bp with low salt & meds if needed. Remember, studies show daily multivitamins not being good for us. ...Read more
What tests can be conducted to rule out kidney problems in a person who has diabetes and hypertension?
Yes if Uncontrolled: Hypertension and kidney failure can be linked together making it difficult to determine which came first in many people. But if you have both, the treatment remains the same regardless of which came first. It is very important to keep the blood pressure in a normal to low range to protect all organs and blood vessels. Exercise, salt avoidance, weight control and medications to lower BP are all key. ...Read more
Renovascular HTN.: A condition called renovascular hypertension arises when blood flow to the kidney is constricted--either by physical problems with the blood vessel wall or by narrowing in the case of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Decreased blood flow to the kidney results in hormonal signals from the kidney that increase salt and water retention, leading to high blood pressure states. ...Read more
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