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Is Kidney shrinkage kidney failure?

Is Kidney shrinkage kidney failure?

Not necessarily: The shrinking of the kidney can lead to decreased kidney function (kidney failure) but there are two kidneys and if one decreased function the other kidney will step up to the task. It needs to be clear why one kidney shrank. This is a guide to the diagnosis and the therapy. Some illness actually cause both kidney to shrink. Your function will help clarify your diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Warren Foster
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Kahler Disease (Definition)

I had not heard of "kahler's disease" until seeing multiple questions on healthtap. It is multiple myeloma (mm). "multiple" is from the often seen "multiple" bone lesions (especially in advanced disease). Mm is a cancer of plasma cells [highly specialized b white blood cells (lymphocytes)] that produce antibodies. Sx are crab: hypercalcemia, renal insufficency, anemia, ...Read more


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12mm kidney stone?

12mm kidney stone?

Big one: It will require intervention to excise. Also, get your calcium and parathyroid hormone levels checked. ...Read more

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Polycystic kidney disease and kidney stones, are they related?

Polycystic kidney disease and kidney stones, are they related?

Kidney stones: No but they can occur together. Cysts in the kidneys are not necessarily polycystic kidneys which is an inherited familiar disease. ...Read more

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What is kidney nephritis?

What is kidney nephritis?

Kidney inflammation: Nephros=kidney, -itis= an ending referring to inflammation. Nephritis just means the working cells/structure of the kidney are inflamed or irritated due to some event or infectious process. ...Read more

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Are kidney stone problems hereditary?

Are  kidney stone  problems hereditary?

Metabolic issue.: Kidney stones are initiated by metabolic derangements in the handling of urinary oxalate, uric acid or calcium, for example. These derangements can be hereditary. ...Read more

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How fatal is kidney cancer (renal cancer)?

How fatal is kidney cancer (renal cancer)?

Depends on stage of: Disease. Early stage renal cancer has 5 year survival of about 70% and late stage has a 5 year survival of about 10%. See the site below for details. http://www.cancermonthly.com/cancer_basics/kidney.asp. ...Read more

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Is proteinuria a kidney disease?

Is proteinuria a kidney disease?

No: You're simply leaking protein into your urine. The most common single cause is that a few percent of people do this just by standing up. It's easy to rule this in or out and your phyiscian will probably begin your workup this way. ...Read more

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Kidney failure symptoms?

Kidney failure symptoms?

Uremia: If you have renal failure and is unable to excrete toxins and excess electrolytes/water from your body, you are likely to have symptoms and signs of uremia. They include nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate, diffuse itching, and lethargy in addition to having fluid retention. ...Read more

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Is kidney cancer hereditary?

Is kidney cancer hereditary?

Sometimes: The vast majority of kidney cancer cases are not inherited (sporadic). There are a handful of syndromes known to be associated with different types of kidney cancer but they are rare. A well known example is von hippel-lindau syndrome. ...Read more

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What is the endstage serum creatinine of kidney nephritis patients?

What is the endstage serum creatinine of kidney nephritis patients?

See below: The serum creatinine level which requires dialysis is based on calculation of the gfr, as persons with different weight, sex and race may have have different GFR even with same serum creatinine.Generally speaking when GFR is below 10-15 and patients are symptomatic they need dialysis. ...Read more

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Is kidney cancer lethal?

Is kidney cancer lethal?

Kidney cancer: By definition, any cancer is potentially lethal. When kidney cancer is detected in the earlier stages (before metastasis outside the kidney) it is often curable by surgery. Metastatic kidney cancer, however, has a very poor prognosis. ...Read more

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How are kidney transplants done?

How are kidney transplants done?

Kidney transplant: Once the kidney is removed from the donor eithe living or cadaver, the kidney is placed through a lower abdominal incision iusually into the right side of the pelvis and attached the iliac vein and artery and ureter implanted into the bladder. ...Read more

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What's renal cell cancer?

What's renal cell cancer?

Kidney malignancy: Renal cell cancer is a primary malignancy of the kidney . It may have a clear cell appearance on pathology. A nephrectomy is the primary choice of therapy. Renal cell cancer may show up in the lung as a lung mass. ...Read more

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Is kidney cancer genetic?

Is kidney cancer genetic?

Some forms are: There are a number of hereditary forms of kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma), most frequently von hippel lindau. Others include tuberous sclerosis complex, hereditary non-vhl clear cell renal cell carcinoma, hereditary papillary renal cell carcinoma (hprcc), birt-hogg-dubé syndrome (bhd), and hereditary leiomyomatosis/renal cell carcinoma (hlrcc). These have specific findings for each. Ask a doc. ...Read more

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Advice for kidney stone?

Advice for kidney  stone?

Kidney stone.: Kidney stones up to 5mm in size will predictably pass on their own. Just drink plenty of water so you produce a lot of urine, dilate those ureters and allow the stone to pass. It may hurt while it's on its way out, but it'll pass. Bigger stones will likely get stuck and will cause tremendous pain and will have to be removed by lithotripsy or cystoscopy. ...Read more

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Male/42/w/30yrs multiple renal stones(calcium oxalate)why do my recent nonobstructing stones cause hydronephrosis/10outof10 pain/hematuria& no uti?

Male/42/w/30yrs multiple renal  stones(calcium oxalate)why do my recent nonobstructing stones cause hydronephrosis/10outof10 pain/hematuria& no uti?

Oxalate stones: Are often the result of crohn's disease related to the lack of absorption of bile salts in the diseased ileum. You shouldn't have hydronephrosis if there is no obstruction but certainly they can cause lots of pain and hematuria. Hope you are improving. ...Read more

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What distinguishes pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, prostate and gallbladder cancers?

What distinguishes pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, prostate and gallbladder cancers?

Cure varies: Beyond the obvious differences in organ and cell type as well as the various treatment approaches, the most important patient difference is really the chance at cure. Early stage prostate and renal cell (kidney) cancers can be very curable. Even really early stage pancreatic cancers can be quite deadly. ...Read more

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Complications of multiple kidney stones and stents?

Complications of multiple kidney stones and stents?

Many : There are many possible complications but the most common complications of kidney stones include: bleeding, infection, pain, urinary obstruction. Common stent complications include: pain, perforation, stricture, infection. ...Read more

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