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Sports To Avoid With A Horseshoe Kidney
None required: Horseshoe kidney is usually two normal kidneys joined together in midline. Junction or isthmus can be anything from thick kidney tissue to a fibrous band. In past drs thought isthmus had 2B divided, this is almost always unnecessary ; then only with strong evidence that it is causing pain. Sometimes associated with ureteral obstruction ; hydronephrosis which can be corrected by a good urologist. Read more
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
Horseshoe kidney means you have only one kidney due to the fusion of normally two separate kidneys, so you cannot donate one. Well you could, but it would entail more risk as the horseshoe kidney would need to be divided to remove one half.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Read more
Usually no: Most horseshoe kidneys r in fact 2 normal kidneys attached at the lower end. Some subjects have hydronephrosis due to obstruction at kidney ureteropelvic juction ; may require surgical correction. Very occasional patient might have severe persistent or recurrent abdominal pain which might benefit from division of isthmus joining both kidneys. Was fashionable procedure 50yrs ago, thankfully no more. Read more
Doc says that I have a horseshoe kidney, but also said that it was only on one side? Is this possible?
Yes: Horseshoe kidney is the common term for crossed fused renal ectopia. The kidneys cross the midline and are fused together into one unit. They are ectopic or out-of-place. While most end up near the middle of the body, sometimes the horseshoe. Read more
Interesting question: A horseshoe kidney would be created by the material that failed to separate & form two separate ones. You certainly couldn't do so while alive (you would die). I doubt that they could use one as a organ donation at death because of the abnormal blood supply and other hookups. Read more
Not a likely choice: The horseshoe configuration is usually derived from a separation failure of embryonic kidney tissue in early life. Instead of forming two distinct kidneys, one is formed. An ultrasound could confirm this. Read more
I have a horseshoe kidney. Lucky that II ha e not had many problems. As I age, are there concerns I need to be aware of? Do I need to b monitored
Relax.: It's an interesting congenital anatomic variance but generally it shouldn't be problematic. You may have a slightly increased risk of kidney stones and infections, so be vigilant of symptoms, but don't let it be cause for over concern. Celebrate your uniqueness. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello my son is 1 year and 3 months and he was born with horseshoe kidney he also had neuroblastoma and had surgery for it about 3 weeks ago. He loves?
The 2 joined togethr: This generally would mean the tissues meant to form 2 separate kidneys never separated and just formed one. Read more
Here are some...: Yes, an expert can, but do you need such surgery? Remember: Not everyone with a white coat on has the same professional capacity; so I wish you well & luck. Before embarking a surgery, always balance the medical necessity and professional possibility. So, ask doctor with critical questions as to the indications, potential complications, and realistic expectation during and after surgery if needed. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No - you will be ok:
Keppra (levetiracetam) does not affect the kidneys much, it is predominantly metabolized in the blood.
A horseshoe kidney has a different shape, but it is not especially susceptible to the toxic effects of medications.
You should not be concerned about the effects of keppra (levetiracetam) on your kidney. Read more
Is a horseshoe kidney considered a disability? My Daughter was diagnosed about 1 year ago & can this be the reason for her unknown seizures.
I have stage 4 CKD caused by horseshoe kidney birth defect. Age 24. Also augmented bladder with miftroffonoff. I take D-Mannose and natural supplements along with diet to manage my health. Will taking activated charcoal benefit my kidney condition?
Very few: I tell my patients tackle football, boxing, and skydiving. Use common sense. If you are fit you should be able to do most any sport. You should be aware there is an organized transplant olympics every few years; you would be shocked to see just how talented and capable many transplant recipients perform. Read more
Yes: Yes, depending on the type of contact sports. Contact sports that involve high velocity contact (football, some martial arts, boxing) need protection. Those with less of a chance of impact to the abdomen or back (basketball, soccer, cheer) should discuss it with their doctor. Those contact sports with low impact to the abdomen or back (wrestling, volleyball), it is not likely needed. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer