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Doctor insights on: Living With One Kidney

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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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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?

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