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What is recommended to eat if you have medullary sponge kidney disease?

What is recommended to eat if you have medullary sponge kidney disease?

See below: Medullary sponge kidney is a risk factor for kidney stone formation.There may be certain chemical abnormalities in the urine which allow formation of kidney stones.Your doctor can run certain tests on the basis of which suggest changes in fluid intake, diet and maybe some medications to prevent stones from forming. ...Read more

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How do you treat medullary sponge kidney?

How do you treat medullary sponge kidney?

Kidney: You must have your doctor refer you to a Nephrologist and do so soon! ...Read more

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What are follow up tests &/or treatments after medullary sponge kidney diagnosis?

What are follow up tests &/or treatments after medullary sponge kidney diagnosis?

Good fluid intake: Medullary sponge kidneys are generally benign, although there is an increased risk of kidney stones. You should maintain a good water intake of at least 2 quarts per day. Also worthwhile trying to keep your urine slightly acidic with a ph<7.0. This can be achieved by judicious intake of potassium citrate, best monitored initially by a physician. Also periodic kidney ultrasounds to r/o stones. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the main symptoms of medullary sponge kidney?

None: Most folks with medullary sponge kidney have no symptoms. However, they are susceptible to kidney stones which can cause lots of problems esp. Pain. ...Read more

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I have medullary sponge kidney and previous kidney stones/infection/surgery on left side. Currently I have at least two 8 mm stones, is it safe ignore?

I have medullary sponge kidney and previous kidney stones/infection/surgery on left side. Currently I have at least two 8 mm stones, is it safe ignore?

See answer: Medullary sponge kidney is a common risk factor for kidney stones. That said, there is often an underlying metabolic problem contributing to stone formation and a 24-hour urine collection loking for such abnormalities is definitely recommended. Prevention is one goal, and eliminating any existing stone burden (especially >3-4mm) should be the other goal. Would recommend eswl for stone(s). ...Read more

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I am 62 yr old woman who has medullary sponge kidney. Visited er. Found kidney stones on both sides. Please advise on diet, supplements, & treatments.

I am 62 yr old woman who has medullary sponge kidney. Visited er. Found kidney stones on both sides. Please advise on diet, supplements, & treatments.

Difficult: Your physician will advise you on specifics depending on what kind of stone has formed. It is near-certain that you'll be advised strongly to drink as much water as is feasible. Hopefully this will prevent you from having to limit the vitamin d that is benefiting your skeleton. This is a fairly common kidney problem; you didn't cause it and probably you can learn to manage it. ...Read more

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Can sponge kidney kill u?

Can sponge kidney  kill u?

Not usually: Medullary sponge kidney is associated with hematuria, stones and calcinosis. Sometimes accompanied by metabolic acidosis. There is no specific treatment and is frequently not associated with loss of renal function. It can be found with chronic kidney disease. It is not considered a fatal condition. ...Read more

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I have sponge kidney and I have a fever and my baxk & stomach are killing me its hard to breathe what should I do?

I have sponge kidney and I have a fever and my baxk & stomach are killing  me its hard to breathe what should I do?

UTI, pyelonephritis : It's highly possible that you have UTI. You need to have a urine test and culture first and start antibiotics right after. See your doc or go to ER. Drink liquid like cranberry juice meanwhile. ...Read more

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What causes sponge kidney?

What causes sponge kidney?

MSK: Medullary Sponge Kidney (MSK) is a congenital disorder caused by malformation of collecting ducts into both small and large cysts. However, the actual cause of the disease remains unknown. ...Read more

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