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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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How do you know if you have kidney disease?

How do you know if you have kidney disease?

Blood tesy: The most common, albeit not most accurate, measure is creatinine level in the blood. This can be used as a close estimate of overall kidney function at a reasonable cost and patient tolerability. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have kidney stones?

How can you tell if you have kidney stones?

History and testing: Kidney stones cause pain as they travel down a tube into your bladder. The pain is typically very severe (as bad as child birth) and usually on one side of your tummy and often felt in the groin (and in the balls if you are a man). I suggest that you look at this link http://www.healthline.com/health/kidney-stones. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have a gall stone?

How do you tell if you have a gall stone?

Ultrasound: Exam is usually the only way to know for sure. If you are having symptoms, have your doctor order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have gallstones?

How do you know if you have gallstones?

By ultrasound: Gs are very common. They lead to symptoms in some. These may include upper r abdo pain after eating or there may be no symptoms at all. Ultrasound is one way to find them - if there is a reason to do so. ...Read more

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How to know if I have kidney stones?

How to know if I have kidney stones?

Here are some...: Reviewing history and conducting physicals leads to suspicion, and imaging studies usually CT with no contrast will confirm if stone is present in urinary tract or not. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have pancreatitis?

How do you know if you have pancreatitis?

Continued: Also the patient's history can help out. Is there a lot of alcohol intake, do they have gallstones, high cholesterol? What medicines do they take. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have biliary colic?

How do you know if you have  biliary colic?

Pain: Biliary colic is abdominal pain usually located in the right uppwer quadrant of the abdomen under the ribs. It can be precipitated by eating a meal high in fat. The pain may radiate to the back and be associated with nausea and vomiting. The pain may occurr several hours after the meal. ...Read more

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How can you know if you have gallstones?

Ultrasound: The most commonly used method to detect gallstones is with an abdominal ultrasound. The indication for testing are symptoms such as post-eating abdominal pain (often in the right upper quadrant or mid abdomen, sometimes going to the back), nausea. Occasionally, patients are found to have them incidentally on x-ray. There are other tests, but more costly and inconvenient. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have appendicitis?

How do you know if you have appendicitis?

Appendicitis : The classic scenario will be vague pain that starts around the umbilicus and eventually migrates to a very focal point in the right lower quadrant of your abdomen. This is usually accompanied by fever/chills, nausea/vomiting, and loss of appetite. Laboratory findings will generally show an increase in your white blood cell count. ...Read more

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How do you fee; if you have gallbladder stones?

How do you fee; if you have gallbladder stones?

Pain: The typical is r upper abdominal pain after a fatty or rich meal. Usually about 1.5 hr after. The pain is crampy in nature and can move to chest or around to back. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have gallstones or a gallblader infection?

How do you know if you have gallstones or a gallblader infection?

Usually not infected: Most gallbladder problems are not truly infections, but rather blockage of the gallbladder opening by gallstones (called biliary colic or cholecystitis), exemplified by pain after eating and nausea. In the event the bile actually get infected, patients can become very sick, with elevation in bilirubin, fever, elevated white count (cholangitis). Diagnosis is made clinically and by ultrasound. ...Read more

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Do you know if you have gallbladder disease?

Do you know if you have gallbladder disease?

Ultrasound: A gallbladder attack is characterized by right- or middle upper abdominal pain (severe, pressure-like, noncramping, nonburning) that typically lasts for an hour.. Associated symptoms include nausea+/-vomiting+/-chills. The pain often radiates around into the back and/or shoulder. Attacks are often precipitated by fatty or fried food. If you have these symptoms, an ultrasound will confirm the dx. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a uti?

How do you know if you have a uti?

See your doctor: Most patients with a urinary tract infection will have an increased frequency of urination in concert with some pain when they urinate. Many will also have blood in the urine and pelvic pressure. Sometimes a fever will result. To be sure, an analysis of the urine with a culture will give useful information on the best treatment. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have eppididimitis?

How do you know if you have eppididimitis?

See a doctor: You can't tell on your own, but you should go to a doctor or an emergency room if you pain in the testicles or scrotum. Other common cause of testicular pain include torsion and orchitis. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a bladder infection?

How do you know if you have a bladder infection?

Few symptoms such as: Increase of urinary frequency, urgency, burning, dribling, and possibly different odor in your urine may suggest a bladder infection/cystitis. Vaginitis may present with similar sx, and maybe itching/vaginal dicharge/odor. In the elderly, often in nursing homes etc..Uti may present as confusion, increase urinary incontinence etc...If you have concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you know if you're experiencing kidney failure?

How do you know if you're experiencing kidney failure?

See below: A very low urine volume less than 400 ml/day , but generally speaking a blood test with an elevated creatinine level and a low calculated gfr, informs you that the kidney is not capable of getting rid of all the waste and you may still pass urine, however the kidneyis not all eliminating the waste . This is called uremia. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have small pelvis?

How do you know if you have small pelvis?

Ask your doctor.: Bimanual examination by your ob/gyn is required. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have chronic appendicities ?

How do you know if you have chronic appendicities ?

Difficult: See your surgeon. It can be a difficult diagnosis. May require a laparoscopy to know for sure. ...Read more

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Kidney Stone (Definition)

Solutes precipitate and combine to form stones formed of calcium oxalate usually around a nidus of uric acid. Other solutes that form stones are ca and mg phosphates, cystine, and uric acid staghorn calculi form in the presence of chronic urinary tract infections. Stones can be painful, may require ...Read more


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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Small, hard mineral deposits made of minerals and acid salts that form inside your kidneys. They can be extremely painful until they pass or are ...Read more