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How does kidney disease affect theother organs?

How does kidney disease affect theother organs?

Kidney disease: If you gave kidney disease you are more likely yo have hypertension or cardiac problems ...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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How does chronic kidney disease affect the renal system and organs?

How does chronic kidney disease affect the renal system and organs?

Renal equals kidney: The kidney is the basic engine of the renal system. It is what processes the wastes and corrects the chemicals in the body. The remainder of the renal or genitourinary system is the plumbing that allows the liquid wastes of the body to be eliminated. ...Read more

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Is there a name for someone that has multiple cysts on all organs and also has polycystic kidney disease? And what is the outlook? Thankyou

Is there a name for someone that has multiple cysts on all organs and also has polycystic kidney disease? And what is the outlook? Thankyou

Polycystic kidney: Polycystic kidney is a genetic disease, inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. The kidney dominates with multiple cysts and organ enlargement. Cysts appear in the liver, pancreas, and brain. Vascular aneurysms are present in about five percent of individuals. There is no special name for the affected person. Close medical care is essential. ...Read more

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Why would sometimes my GFR be normal and sometimes it be 54 I don't think I have any real signs of kidney disease?

Why would sometimes my GFR be normal and sometimes it be 54 I don't think I have any real signs of kidney disease?

Varying GFR: Your question would be better answered by asking the physician who told you your GFR was 54 ml/min. If it were an estimated gfr, it would have been derived from blood work and you can ask that physician (p) for an opinion as the p is most familiar with you. If you do not have a p, see a nephrologist for an evaluation of your renal function. Good luck. ...Read more

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I apparently have a kidney disease but don't know why. High bp?

I apparently have a kidney disease but don't know why. High bp?

Could be: High BP can cause kidney disease, even if you are already on BP meds. Kidney disease can also cause high bp, which can then cause a viscious cycle of sorts. If you have kidney disease and high bp, it is important to have regular f/u with your kidney doc to treat both conditions optimally. ...Read more

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What exactly is the worst that could happen if a kidney disease/infection isn't treated?

What exactly is the worst that could happen if a kidney disease/infection isn't treated?

Not good: If the person became septic they could become terribly ill (maybe even die if severe complications occured). ...Read more

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What is the causes chronic kidney diseases?

What is the causes chronic kidney diseases?

Many things: Chronic kidney disease is caused by many things. However, the top two causes are high blood pressure and diabetes. If you have any kidney disease, see your doctor. A blood test and urine analysis can narrow down and sometimes diagnose many of those causes. ...Read more

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How do you catch kidney disease?

Generic term: Kidney disease is a very generic term. Many things can cause it. Commonly, it is diabetes and high blood pressure. ...Read more

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What to do about kidney disease?

Depends on diagnosis: A nephrologist is the specialist who organizes care of renal (kidney) preservation or function. Depending on the underlying diagnosis he can help orchestrate medical management. The more common nephrologic conditions include nephrosclerosis often seen in patients with hypertension and or diabetes. Glomerulonephritis, of which there are several types, will require specific treatments based on the subtype. ...Read more

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Symptoms of acute kidney disease?

Symptoms of acute kidney disease?

Decreased Urination: Acute kidney disease represents an attack against the attack usually from profound dehydration, nephrotoxic agents like antibiotics or from bacterial infections. The symptoms range from decrease in urine output, nausea and loss of appetite. The most critical side effect is rapid increase in potassium that can be very dangerous. ...Read more

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Will I die from my kidney disease?

Insufficient info: There is not sufficient information in your message to address this serious a question. ...Read more

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Does garlic treats kidney disease?

Indirectly: Garlic tends to lower body cholesterol and inflammation, thus blood flow to kidneys may improve slightly by keeping arteries to kidneys somewhat cleaner. May also reduce any inflammatory swelling in kidneys as in pyelonephritis. Otherwise, in itself does not dieectly treat kidney disease. ...Read more

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Can kidney disease be reversible?

Can kidney disease be reversible?

Kidney disease: You can reverse some types of kidney disease. The most common is due to drug toxicity and the most common drug that causes acute kidney disease are drugs of the advil (ibuprofen) class. Once you stop the offending drug, the kidney function returns. Other causes of reversible kidney disease are obstruction caught early enough. Causes can be prostatic obstruction or obstruction of the ureters. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of kidney disease?

What are symptoms of kidney disease?

Often no symptoms: Early kidney disease may not have any symptoms.

For example, in diabetes, we check for micro-albumin (a protein) in the urine. Patients don't feel it. If it's present, it suggests diabetic kidney disease. ...Read more

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What can be done for kidney disease?

What can be done for kidney disease?

Follow Recommendatio: Follow your doctors' recommendations. Make sure you keep high blood pressure and diabetes under good control as well as other concomitant diseases. Decrease protein intake and try to live a normal and healthy live. ...Read more

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What heavy metals cause kidney disease?

What heavy metals cause kidney disease?

Heavy Metals: The extent of kidney damage caused by heavy metals depends on the dose, route and duration of exposure. Cadmium (Cd), mercury (Hg), lead (Pb), platinum (Pt), and Chromium (Cr) and they can cause heavy metal nephropathy and the severity could range from tubular dysfunction to renal failure/death. ...Read more

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Does exercise help with kidney disease?

Does exercise help with kidney disease?

Yes: Exercise has a profound impact on health and well-being. Regardless of your health and fitness status, it is possible for you to improve your overall well being and health with regular exercise. As the blood is circulated by exercise, toxins and other waste products are eliminated more efficiently and metabolic functions improve. This allows essential nutrients to be transported more efficiently. ...Read more

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I am very scared I have kidney disease?

I am very scared I have kidney disease?

See doctor...: Go to see doctor for reporting and evaluating why you feel scared of kidney disease, which can be assessed and verified with good history, physicals, urine and blood tests, etc. If indeed kidney disease does exist, doctor will guide you how to slow down the process of kidney disease.

Meanwhile, practicing healthy lifestyle without overindulgence and obsession will benefit anyone immensely.

Best. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

Needs lab: Kidney failure is difficult to diagnose without laboratory test. The main clinical symptoms are loss of appetite, nausea, swelling, and sometimes itching. If you suspect that you have kidney disease, I suggest you see your physician when possible. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

Depends on the cause: There are dozens of causes of kidney disease; some are limited to the kidneys themselves, while others are associated with other systems in the body. Chronic kidney disease may have no symptoms and can only be determined by laboratory testing. Other types may range from minor symptoms to major illnesses, and need to be evaluated by a kidney specialist, often along with other health care providers. ...Read more

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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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What are common symptoms of kidney disease?

What are common symptoms of kidney disease?

Asymptomatic: It depends on the cause of the kidney disease. Some may present with swelling of the legs, face, others with blood tinged urine, however most often, early kidney disease are asymptomatic. Protein in the urine is one of the earliset signs of kidney disease followed by increase in serum creatinine on blood tests. If you suspect, please see your doctor to get the blood and urine tests. ...Read more

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Effects of weight losage in kidney disease?

Effects of weight losage in kidney disease?

Good: In general the healthier you are the less stress on your kidneys and your body in general. ...Read more

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How many stages of kidney disease are there?

How many stages of kidney disease are there?

5: Stage 1 is normal and stage 5 is generally dialysis dependent. The stages are defined by the estimated glomerular filtration rate (egfr) with cut points as follows:
stage 1 >90ml/min
stage 2 > 60 ml/min
stage 3 > 30 ml/min
stage 4 > 15 ml/min
stage 5 < 15 ml/min
the egfr is obtained by either the cockroft gault or the mdrd method. ...Read more

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Please describe the types of kidney disease?

Following: Cystic disease: polycystic or multi cystic. Infectious: pyelonephritis, abscess. Hydronephrosis. Stone disease: solitary, multiple or nephrolcalcinosis. Nephrotic syndrome. Glomerulonephritis various types. Kidney malignancies/cancers, wilms in kids, adenocarcinoma, transitional cell cancer etc. Benign tumors: oncocytoma, hamartoma (tuberous sclerosis}, renal artery stenosis. Trauma: rupture etc. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of kidney disease?

What are the main symptoms of kidney disease?

May not notice: Especially early on, you may not notice anything, and the cause will impact what you see or feel. Common symptoms once advanced can be fatigue, confusion, nausea, itching. Can also see blood in the urine or dark urine, or decreased amount of urine. With significant renal failure, most people feel awful overall! ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of kidney disease?

Often no symptoms: Early kidney disease may not have any symptoms.

For example, in diabetes, we check for micro-albumin (a protein) in the urine. Patients don't feel it. If it's present, it suggests diabetic kidney disease. ...Read more

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What is the diagnose method for kidney disease?

Urine & blood tests: Medical history including family history, ? Presence of blood in urine, frequency of urination, ? Excessive thirst. Physical examination for bp, possible kidney swelling or tenderness, vascular bruit (abnormal sound of kidney artery flow). Plus kidney & bladder ultrasound. Possibly ct scan, MRI or nuclear renal scan. Urine tests may include 24 hour urine collection. ...Read more

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Does a kidney disease affect mental development?

It possibly can: Reflux disease in children can affect mental growth. Recurrent infections, uremia and incontinence may affect mental status or may be associated with neurological conditions. ...Read more

Previous Kidney Disease (Definition)

Polycystic kidney disease is a kidney disorder passed down through families in which multiple cysts form on the kidneys, causing ...Read more


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