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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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Hi.. my name is ronald.. i have lost one of my kidney in an accident in 2006.. now im living with 1 kidney. is it okay for me to take sildenafil?

Hi.. my name is ronald.. i have lost one of my kidney in an accident in 2006.. now im living with 1 kidney. is it okay for me to take sildenafil?

Why?: It is only slightly renally excreted and at 28 even with 1 kidney should not be a problem. Why are you wanting to take it? I would discuss this with the prescribing doctor. ...Read more

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What would living with just one kidney be like?

What would living with just one kidney be like?

Same as with two: Unless subject has overall impairment of kidney function. Life expectancy with single normal kidney is almost idtentical to having 2 kidneys. People born with single otherwise normal kidney or non-functional opposite kidney usually have compensatory growth of single kidney & all functional parameters are normal. Should probably avoid extremely danngerous sports like car racing & eating xs protein. ...Read more

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What are the effects of living with only one kidney?

What are the effects of living with only one kidney?

No issues generally: As long as your remaining kidney is healthy, there should be no adverse effects/ issues affecting your lifestyle. However, for those individuals with additional medical problems like high blood pressure and diabetes, it is vital to keep these issues controlled to maintain kidney health. Also, one should not engage in contact sports to prevent injury. You need regular check-ups with your doctor ...Read more

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How does one become a living kidney donor?

How does one become a living kidney donor?

Contact organ bank: Or research local hospital where kidney transplants are performed & contact their transplant or nephrology department to inform them of your wish to donate. In philly, you could call kidney transplant program at children's hospital or at u. Penn. In new england can contact www.Neob.Org. By donating you would be giving the gift of life. ...Read more

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Can one have kidney spasms?

Can one have kidney spasms?

Bladder spasms: The kidneys make urine, but do not have spasms. Spasms are associated with excessive muscle contractions, which can occur in the muscles of the bladder. ...Read more

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Can you live on one kidney?

Can you live on one kidney?

Yes you can: Living donors of one kidney can live a normal life. ...Read more

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Can you survive with one kidney?

Can you survive with one kidney?

Yes: Yes many patients are either born with one kidney or have to have a resection. The remaining kidney can be overworked to compensate for loss of tissue. Sometimes scarring occurs (called fsgs). However, if the kidney is normal to start with, it usually handles the pressure over the years with no significant problems. Consider nephrology follow up and ace inhibitors. ...Read more

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Can you function with one kidney?

Can you function with one kidney?

Yes: Yes many patients are either born with one kidney or have to have a resection. The remaining kidney can be overworked to compensate for loss of tissue. Sometimes scarring occurs (called fsgs). However, if the kidney is normal to start with, it usually handles the pressure over the years with no significant problems. Consider nephrology follow up and ace inhibitors. ...Read more

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Can we live with only one kidney?

Absolutely: Provided you have one or most of one normal kidney. Otherwise we would never reeve kidneys from potential kidney transplant donors. ...Read more

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What to not eat with one kidney?

What to not eat with one  kidney?

Probably free diet.: Data on protein ingestion is mostly from animal studies. It is known that high protein diet makes your kidney work a little harder but no real data to support kidney failure from eating a lot of protein. Ck your BP and control your salt intake, and make sure your single kidney is working ok. ...Read more

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How long can I live with one kidney?

Normal life: If generally healthy, people can live a normal life with one kidney. ...Read more

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Can i take hairinfinity with one kidney?

Can i take hairinfinity with one kidney?

Why take a chance?: Hairinfinity is ANOTHER Vitamin supplement with QUESTIONABLE BENEFIT..There are no SCIENTIFICALLY BASED medical studies showing the benefit of the "hair growth promoting" and EXPENSIVE supplement! See a Dermatologist for your hair problem. BTW ONE good HEALTHY KIDNEY can DO THE WORK OF TWO! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What are the effects of having one kidney?

Usually nothing bad: A person is almost always able to live a normal life with a single kidney. ...Read more

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Can you live a normal life with one kidney?

Can you live a normal life with one kidney?

Yes: Remember, some people intentionally donate a kidney for the purpose of saving another's life. This is one of the most altruistic acts i can think of. Kidney donors are known for living full wonderful normal lives. It is indeed possible to live a normal life with a solitary kidney. ...Read more

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What happens when one kidney stops working?

What happens when one kidney stops working?

It shrinks: In size. As long as the. Other kidney is working you are ok. A doctor will want to monitor you kidney function in the other kidney. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to live with one kidney?

Not dangerous: It is not dangerous and you can live a normal life with one kidney. ...Read more

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I have one kidney. How best to look after it?

Healthy life: Keep you blood pressure under good control, avoid excessive weight gain, blood sugar control and avoid excessive use of nsaids. ...Read more