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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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Why do I feel like im having shortness of breath constantlybut im breathing i feel like im not enough maybe pressure to. Just had kidney stn surg 2 wk?

Why do I feel like im having shortness of breath constantlybut im breathing i feel like im not enough maybe pressure to. Just had kidney stn surg 2 wk?

Needs Evaluation: You need to be evaluated by your doctor or a pulmonologist asap as there may be something serious.It is not normal to have shortness of breath, after kidney stone surgery. ...Read more

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Does having fishy breath automatically mean you have chronic kidney disease? 22 y.O. Female in good health.

Does having fishy breath automatically mean you have chronic kidney disease? 22 y.O. Female in good health.

Fishy breath: No - uremic breath is distinct and not exactly fishy - It is possible post nasal drip or sinus infection is responsible; I recommend frequent drinking, mints, mouth wash 3 x daily, dental brushing 2-3 x daily; of course, if concerned have a blood test. ...Read more

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Is breath that smells like urine a symptom of kidney disease?

Is breath that smells like urine a symptom of kidney disease?

Urine breath: Patients who are uremic and not on dialysis try to excrete their increase blood urea nitrogen through their lungs. That is what causes their breath to smell similar to urine. Have that person see a nephrologist to assess the state his kidney function. His breath is a sign of advanced kidney disease. ...Read more

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My friend is wanting to know if its dangerous to have small kidneys? She has been having a lot of back pain, chills and shortness of breath.

My friend is wanting to know if its dangerous to have small kidneys? She has been having a lot of back pain, chills and  shortness of breath.

Lungs?: Kidneys vary in size a little. What do you mean small and why are they small? If she has a chronic kidney disease and her kidneys are small as a result of that it could be related to her current symptoms. If she has mildly small kidneys and normal function this is not likely relatedat all. I wonder if her symptoms are more related to her lungs which can produce pain, chills and short breath. ...Read more

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I get sharp pains in bladder/ureter when I have shortness of breath/mental confusion/tingling of skin? Can kidney/ureter/bladder stones cause this?

I get sharp pains in bladder/ureter when I have shortness of breath/mental confusion/tingling of skin?  Can kidney/ureter/bladder stones cause this?

Something is Wrong: This question sounds like two or three different questions. It does not come together to one specific or obvious problem. But, the symptoms are not to be ignored and i would recommend a full evaluation in person with your trusted medical advisor. ...Read more

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Pr3 elevated at 3.9 u/ml labcorp, with no anca titre. anemia, kidney issue and shortness of breath: should vasculitid be worked up? diabetic patient.

Pr3 elevated at 3.9 u/ml labcorp, with no anca titre. anemia, kidney issue and shortness of breath: should vasculitid be worked up? diabetic patient.

Mgt: I would suggest chest imaging, and discussing a renal workup to include an ultrasound, renal function, and possibly a biopsy. Vasculitis is one possible cause of shortness of breath, but others include fluid retention due to decreased renal function. Is there a family history of renal disease? ...Read more

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Kidney Diseases (Definition)

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