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Kidney Working Properly
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
What type of test should a person do to know if his kidneys are working properly (for a person with type 2 diabetes)?
MY grandfather is suffering from anemia + his kidney is not working properly but working. His hemoglobin is increasing day by day.
What are you asking?: We'd love to help, and we're happy you are there for your grandfather. ...Read more
I recently went to a physical and my creatinine results came a bit higher than usual. I was told my kidneys are not properly working. How I fix that?
See nephrologist: It is imperative that you see a kidney specialist to make sure a treatable condition is not being missed. ...Read more
My son urine come back with high levels of sodium of over 250mg what's this mean for his kidneys and are they working properly he has rta?
RTA: In order to diagnose RTA, youneed to have blood tests to make the diagnosis. RTA has four types and many causes for it. Finding the reason for it is more important. High urine sodium means his kidneys are leaking sodium. ...Read more
Yes: You need to see a urologist to have evaluations to find out why your right kidney is not working. It could be a serious problem. ...Read more
About a week: With no kidney function at all (0%) usually 3 days to 2weeks. This sometimes is allowed to occur if a patient stops dialysis due to some other medical issue (such as terminal cancer). Otherwise patients are maintained on dialysis and can live indefinitely with adequate dialysis treatments even with 0% kidney function. Sometimes kidneys stop working temporarily and can recover. ...Read more
Time of uremic death: The time of death due to uremia varies from person to person. Those who stop dialysis may live anywhere from one week to several weeks, depending on the amount of kidney function they have left and their overall medical condition. Other patients who have kidney failure and who have not started dialysis may live for weeks, as well. The time of death depends on the same factors listed earlier. ...Read more
I have a caught that's been lasting over a week now and every time I cough my kidney hurt. I also have bad kidney working at 30%?
Cough and pain: Your pain on coughing is due to your muscles involved with the cough process. If you have that bad a cough, you should see a physician and/or get an x-ray to make sure you do not have a pneumonia. Your poor kidney function (kf) of 30% at your age is concerning. Have you seen a nephrologist (n) to see what the cause it and if your low kf can be improved? Good luck. ...Read more
Results from my scan says everything is working fine. A bulky left kidney but they don't think it's clinically significant. What does this mean?
Not sure: We don't normally describe the kidneys as "bulky" or not bulky. It could simply mean that one kidney is larger than the other in which case in and of itself is clinically insignificant or if one kidney is "bulky" in a part of it then that raises the possibility of a tumor or if the calyceal system is enlarged then there maybe obstruction. ASK YOUR DOCTOR! ...Read more
Your options: Your options for failed kidneys are few. One is to do nothing. However if you do nothing you will die without working kidneys. Therefore the other options are renal transplant or dialysis. Dialysis can either be done through the blood (hemodialysis) or through the abdominal wall (peritoneal dialysis). ...Read more
No, chronic kdny dis: 35% means a stage 3 CKD = chronic kidney disease. Under 30% is stage 4 where we only prepare patient for dialysis but not do dialysis. Under 10-15% is what we call failure and start dialysis. ...Read more
Rarely: The answer depends on whether the kidney dysfunction developed quickly or over a long period of time. If there was something that caused the kidneys to fail that can be corrected such as dehydration or a medication, the kidneys can recover. However if the condition developed over many years associated with a chronic disease such as diabetes high blood pressure or glomerulonephritis than the likelihood of recovery is low. ...Read more
When your kidneys are working under 30%, how do you prepare for dialysis? Also how fast will the kidneys fail?
Uncertain...: It is hard to predict the pace of renal functional deterioration although a review on the renal functional evolution over time, medical comorbidity, lifestyle, and compliance in healthcare, etc. May hint the possible course of deterioration. At his time, just cautiously watch in collaboration with a nephrologist would be very helpful to handle further path of life. ...Read more
Having sever pain in my right side near my kidney. Tried everything to get rid of the pain. Nothing working. What do I do.
Get checked: It may be related to muscle, but something may be going on in the kidney itself. Suggest seeing your doctor. ...Read more
Friend is young and healthy other than his renal failure. What is the success rate of the kidney not rejecting his body and realy working?
Transplant success: There are a couple of places to get more information - go here (http://www. Konnectology. Com/kidneytransplant/success) or go to webmd. Overall success rate is at or above 90%, but there are so many factors that go into determining kidney survival after transplant I could fill a book. My best advice is use google and read. I wish your friend great success. ...Read more
I had removed 3 years before one of kidney due to not working since birth. And my creatine level was normal till last test. Now it is 1.2, what I do to?
Immediately: Hopefully it will last your whole life and you will be able to tolerate the antirejection medications. Follow instructions carefully regarding your medications and avoid being around anyone that is sick. Protect your immune system and take care of your diabetes or hypertension if you have either of those illnesses. Vwork closely with your nephrologist and your transplant team. ...Read more
Is it true that people working in construction industry are at a higher risk for kidney diseases?
Not likely so...: Due to the nature of their work, dehydration may occur more often in these folks in summer months, but often not the cause of long-term kidney disease. Maybe more accident/trauma? They are more physically active, thus less obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes problems, thus actually may have lower incidence of kidney disease comparing to less active/desk workers. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Is it possible, maybe in the future. To make a working kidney of graphene, to clean the blood like a transplanted kidney...
Future is unknown: Your specific question about graphene is not one of current, heavy research but we never know about the future. However, we do have working artificial kidneys now - this is dialysis. Current technology uses artificial membranes to filter the blood, leaving the good stuff in and filtering out the bad stuff. But a transplanted kidney does this much better without hooking up to a machine. ...Read more
My sister's kidney is working only 25 percent. Second is completely stopped working. How soon does she need kidney transplant?
Her Dr can refer her:
Her kidney doctors will follow her lab results, start dialysis, and refer her to the transplant team when the time comes. Criteria for transplant can vary among medical centers and may include: end-stage renal disease,
creatinine clearance at 20 or less, no active or ongoing cancers, no active infections, have reasonable heart and lung function, bmi <35, no smoking/drug-abuse/alcohol-abuse, etc... ...Read more
I have gone through renography and doctors found out that my right kidney is working 73% and left 28%, is it problematic in future?
When kidney s working only 50%, should v drink more water or less water, ? Or is it wen kidney s fully damaged v shouldn't drink water?
Kidney function is measured by glomerular filtration rate (gfr), creatinine & blood urea nitrogen (bun)
normal GFR is 60 %.
If GFR is consistently lower than 40% chronic kidney disease is a concern.
Complete kidney failure requiring dialysis occurs when GFR is close to 10%.
Consult a nephrologist to understand your current risk and take preventive methods to preserve their function. ...Read more