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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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If I'm suffering severe lower left back pain and had blood work a few days ago, would kidney problems have shown?

If I'm suffering severe lower left back pain and had blood work a few days ago, would kidney problems have shown?

Test for kidneys: It depends on what kind of blood work you had. A renal function test evaluates kidneys, a CBC shows white count which may be elevated during an infection. If you believe you have kidney stone, see a urologist. If you have fever, you could have infection going on. Increased urination, flank pain, blood in urine, burning may all be due to kidney or bladder issues. ...Read more

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Have been getting porocrit every month because of kidney problems. Blood level now seems stable. Does that mean kidney function has improved?

Have been getting porocrit every month because of kidney problems. Blood level now seems stable. Does that mean kidney function has improved?

Not necessarily: Procrit (epoetin alfa) takes the place of the hormone normally made by the kidneys to boost bone marrow production of red blood cells. It is possible for some kidney function to be restored with treatment; but you should definitely monitor this with your physician to ensure you don't require additional injections in the future. ...Read more

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I have a 99 efgr rating on a kidney blood test. What does this mean for me. Do I have kidney problems and what over-the-counter meds can I take?

I have a 99 efgr rating on a kidney blood test. What does this mean for me. Do I have kidney problems and what over-the-counter meds can I take?

Normal: I am assuming the estimated GFR is 99 ml/min. While I join other pathologists and nephrologists who has little use for subscientific estimates of glomerular filtration rates from spot creatinines, this suggests to me that your serum creatinine was normal, and that your personal physician is not concerned either. I'm sorry you got a scare and glad you're taking a proactive approach. ...Read more

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Can high blood pressure be caused by kidney problems?

Can high blood pressure be caused by kidney problems?

Definitely yes: Kidney produces renin a hormone that helps indirectly to regulate blood pressure. Reduced blood flow to entire kidney as in renal artery stenosis from arteriosclerosis or congenital fibromuscular dysplasia or due to kidney diseases like glomerulo- or pyelonephritis or just in scarred areas causes kidney to release renin in attempt to increase local blood flow & oxygenation. Results in elevated bp. ...Read more

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Iam 26 years old and i have ahigh blood pressure and kidney problems grade 2 faliuer can i be pregnant?

Iam 26 years old and i have ahigh blood pressure and kidney problems grade 2 faliuer can i be pregnant?

Here are some ...: Yes, you may plan to conceive but do take a special precaution for caring and guarding your pregnancy and possible developing preeclampsia by following professional advice timely. More detail, ask Doc timely. ...Read more

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I always have protein 2+ in my urinary test, also decreasing amount of blood but no RBCs found. Might be kidney problems?

I always have protein 2+ in my urinary test, also decreasing amount of blood but no RBCs found. Might be kidney problems?

See nephrologist: Constant protein and red blood cells in the urine should be explained. A careful exam by an expert in kidney disease (nephrologist) would be reassuring. It may not be serious or it may be related to your kidney infections if, in fact, they were infections. But if you have the red blood cells and protein "all the time" even when your infection is gone, check it out. ...Read more

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Can meloxicam be used for kidney problems example blood in the urine all the time cause looked it up & it said used to treat atheritis?

Can meloxicam be used for kidney problems example blood in the urine all the time cause looked it up & it said used to treat atheritis?

Can be used 4 stones: Meloxicam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids), which can be used to treat arthritis as you say, and can also be used to control pain due to kidney stones, which can present with symptoms like blood in urine and flank pain. But nsaids including Meloxicam can damage your kidneys and even cause kidney failure, and so be careful. ...Read more

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Hi, I want to understand what blood urea is and its range. If the levels are elevated what does it signify. Does it mean kidney problems. Thanks.

Hi, I want to understand what blood urea is and its range. If the levels are elevated what does it signify. Does it mean kidney problems. Thanks.

What's BUN?: BUN stands for blood urea nitrogen. Urea nitrogen is what forms when protein breaks down and it not used by itself to identify patients with kidney disease. BUN is elevated in cases of dehydration as well as kidney disease. Serum creatinine (C) is a better determinant of kidney function. If the BUN C ratio is > 20, the patient may be dehydrated. The normal range of B is 7-20 mg/dl. ...Read more

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What does mean when you have protien in your blood. My father is having kidney problems does that mean there could be cancer somewhere?

What does mean when you have protien in your blood. My father is having kidney problems does that mean there could be cancer somewhere?

Protein: Do you mean protein in the urine? Protein in the urine is usually associated with medical diseases like glomerulonephritis, kidney disease caused by diabetis, hypertension. Multiple myeloma can also cause protein in the urine. ...Read more

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What specific blood/urinalysis levels are significant to kidney problems of diagnosis but untreated lupus patient. Symptoms? Failure or disease? Difference?

What specific blood/urinalysis levels are significant to kidney problems of diagnosis but untreated lupus patient. Symptoms?  Failure or disease? Difference?

See answer : Blood tests for bun, creatinine, and GFR are used to determine if you have chronic kidney disease (ckd) and what stage (1 thru 5) based on GFR result. Urinalysis helpful to detect microscopic blood and protein both of which are common with kidney disease with degree of each related to type and severity of kidney disease. If significant protein (>1+), then 24-hr urine collection done to quantitate. ...Read more

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What does an angiogram show if doctor thinks my blood pressure is from kidney problems?

What does an angiogram show if doctor thinks my blood pressure is from kidney problems?

Arterial Stenosis : The angiogram can show many causes of hypertension due to kidney problems, known as renovascular hypertension. The underlying issue would be a narrowing or stricture in the renal artery due to atherosclerosis or cholesterol deposits in the artery or from fibrous deposits in the artery. The stenosis sets off a cascade of substances released by the body which can cause hypertension. ...Read more

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Can a person with cardio, high blood pressure, diabetic and kidney problems use chlorophyll plus guarana?

Can a person with cardio, high blood pressure, diabetic and kidney problems use chlorophyll plus guarana?

Be careful: As guarana contains caffeine and caffeine like substances like theophylline and theobromine. In someone with heart disease and or hypertension, this could lead to significant problems. Please review with your doctor before starting a supplement like this. ...Read more

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Kidney problems (small blood in urine) can cause absence of having a period ?

Probably not ...: Blood in urine (visible — gross hematuri or invisible — microhematuria) alone is not related with no period. To manage either or both, see Uro-doc or Gyn-doc timely. ...Read more

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Can lack of exercise and constant stress cause high bp? All other tests for heart problems, kidney problems and blood problems have come back normal?

Can lack of exercise and constant stress cause high bp? All other tests for heart problems, kidney problems and blood problems have come back normal?

Genes and kidneys: Your genetic background and your kidney health are far more likely culprits. Your profile says you're 20-if that's correct, you need a good evaluation for possible causes as essential hypertension, which is the cause in 90% of people, doesn't usually start so early in life. Serious obesity, if present, is an important risk factor. ...Read more

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I keep waking up with swollen hands no heart or kidney problems. Last blood work everything was fine the only thin low was my creatinine serum?

I keep waking up with swollen hands no heart or kidney problems. Last blood work everything was fine the only thin low was my creatinine serum?

Swollen hands: Sorry but you need to be more precise as we need more info. When was your last blood work relative to swollen hands? If blood before these symptoms started, need repeat labs. Otherwise, time to consider autoimmune conditions. Or recent travel/camping. Ill contacts. New medications (perhaps b/c methylprednisolone), herbs, dietary supplements etc regardless of how natural pure & organic. Go c ur doc. ...Read more

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High systolic blood pressure only on right arm. No heart condition no kidney problems and no blockage in any arteries. Stress test also had a high systolic 150-156 over 70-80. Could you please recommend me another test to know the cause?

High systolic blood pressure only on right arm. No heart condition no kidney problems and no blockage in any arteries. Stress test also had a high systolic 150-156 over 70-80. Could you please recommend me another test to know the cause?

You have asked this: Question previously and received answers. You need CT angiography, direct angiography, or perhaps contrast Chest MRI. If you have no symptoms and no exertional restrictions it is not of sufficient clinical importance to determine the etiology as treatment would not be advised. ...Read more

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Is metformin ok to take if one has kidney problems. Is it safe to take when cretanine and potassium in blood is high.thanks?

Is metformin ok to take if one has kidney problems. Is it safe to take when cretanine and potassium in blood is high.thanks?

Depends: Now depends on how compromised the kidney is. So best to confer with your doctor. If you have renal failure or severe renal insufficiency then no to metformin ...Read more

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A fever with blood transfusion. Is that common?

A fever with blood transfusion. Is that common?

Less than 1%: A fever can be a manifestation of different types of transfusion reactions. The more common one occurs in less than 1% of transfusions, is accompanied by chills, headache or vomiting and is of little concern. However, fever can also occur with some much severe reactions so the hospital blood bank will always test the unit of blood and will not reissue it. Always stop the transfusion first. ...Read more

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I live in the us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

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I live in the us, how common is it for me to get hepatitis b from a blood transfusion?

Rare: The chance to get transfused with hepatitis b contaminated blood product is estimated at 1/63, 000 – 1/500, 000 per unit of product. ...Read more

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What are the common side effects of a blood transfusion?

Common are trivial: We pathologists run the blood bank and are always enouraging prudent and sparing use of our product. There's a few percent chance you'll get the sneezies and/or the itchies, a bit less that you'll get a mild fever. The very serious side effects are much less common. The one that's most worrisome is lung damage from donor antibodies -- less now that we use donors less likely to have them. ...Read more

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How common is hepatitis after a blood transfusion in the us now?

How common is hepatitis after a blood transfusion in the us now?

Less than before.: This is probably a lot less common than before due to vaccination for hepatitis b, and more diligent screening. The transmission of hepatitis c via transfusion is currently at a rate of about 1 in 2 million units. Hepatitis b is probably less than that. ...Read more

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During a blood transfusion if you get a fever and no other problem is this a dangerous transfusion reaction?

Maybe: If there are no other symptoms it may be a reaction to something else. However, your physicians can easily investigate the presence/absence of a reaction, and the transfusion should be stopped at the first sign of one. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in kidney problems?

What symptoms are common in kidney problems?

Plenty: Decreased urine output may or may not be seen, change in urine color possible, fatigue, swelling, chest pain. Depends on the severity of kidney problems. Please see a more comprehensive list here: http://www.Kidneydoctorbradenton. Org/2013/04/what-are-signs-and-symptoms-of-ckd. Html. ...Read more

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What are common kidney problems in children?

What are common kidney problems in children?

More specific: Please be more specific — give more symptoms that the child is experiencing. ...Read more

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What symptoms are common in having kidney problems?

None -> many: Flank pain w stones, kidney infection, abscess, urinary reflux, or obstruction. Blood in urine w nephritis, stones, infection, trauma, cancer, tuberous sclerosis, av malformation. Abdo pain & vomiting w hydronephrosis. Ankle &/or eyelid swelling w nephrotic syndrome or kidney failure. Thirst & frequent urination w diabetes insipidus, headache & high BP w kidney artery stenosis. Frothy urine =protein. ...Read more

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Kidney Problems (Definition)

Kidney problems are clinical findings that are likely due to kidney issues and include mid-back pain on one side, pain with urination, decreased urination, bubbly ...Read more


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Transfusions (Definition)

Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or ...Read more