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What effects can losing a kidney have on the body-can it cause fatigue, or affect the immune system?

What effects can losing a kidney have on the body-can it cause fatigue, or affect the immune system?

Single kidney: Loss of one kidney should have no effect on bodily functions. You can live a normal life with one kidney. The one exception would be of you had faling kidneys. In that situation every bit of healthy kidney tissue is needed to maintain kidney functions, so loss of an entire kidney could have a significant consequence. Fatigue and even immune dysfunction could occur with more severe kidney failure. ...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


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I'm 69 years old and an extreme fitness outliner. My body fat is between 10-11%. I am 5'11" tall and weigh 168 pounds. I work out every day with excellent intensity. I am very strong, e.G., 24 good pull ups. My concern is my kidney GFR result, which was 5

I'm 69 years old and an extreme fitness outliner. My body fat is between 10-11%. I am 5'11" tall and weigh 168 pounds. I work out every day with excellent intensity. I am very strong, e.G., 24 good pull ups. My concern is my kidney GFR result, which was 5

See below: If you do not have any symptoms chances are that it is a wrong reading, consult a doctor. What you describe although in terms of body fat etc does not rule out kidney problems
it would be rare that anyone would have no symptoms at that gfr. ...Read more

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Can the body's immune system fight off a kidney infection? Just curious.

Can the body's immune system fight off a kidney infection? Just curious.

Need clarification: If you're talking about pyelonephritis, an actual kidney infection, then antibiotic use is absolutely essential to management. If you're talking about a urinary tract infection like what most people get, then it depends. Asymptomatic women don't need to be treated but asymptomatic men should. Both symptomatic men and women should get treated. ...Read more

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2 renal collecting systems. Cross fused ectopic kidneys. Healthy functioning? Should I watch intake of certain stuff? They work normally my doc says.

2 renal collecting systems. Cross fused ectopic kidneys. Healthy functioning? Should I watch intake of certain stuff? They work normally my doc says.

It's all good: Cross fused ectopia is usually a finding that has little clinical significance. Patients can have obstruction of the kidney drainage system. Patients may have hypertension based on artery compression due to the abnormal location of the vessels. No specific recommendations typically are made. I would in general limit nsaids and est a low sodium diet. If you see blood in urine see a doc. ...Read more

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What do blood tests check for? I have a friend who has to get regular blood work done to check his kidneys and liver. I'm worried that they're going to fin pot in his system. Can that kind of blood test show pot?

What do blood tests check for? I have a friend who has to get regular blood work done to check his kidneys and liver. I'm worried that they're going to fin pot in his system. Can that kind of blood test show pot?

Drug: Drug testing is very expensive. It's not routinely done because of the expense. (in fact, they way laboratories do drug testing for employment screenings is to take a small amount of blood from all the people they're testing and mix them all together and just do one test on the mixed sample. If the mixed sample is clean, they know everyone is clean and don't test individuals.)

furthermore, no one can test you or your friend's blood for drugs without permission. It's considered an illegal search. Unless your friend has given specific authorization to be tested for drugs, the doctor or lab cannot perform the test. If they do, the avvo legal forum is thataway =====>. ...Read more

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Pain in right side of body, frm ear, neck, arm, abdmen to butt and thigh. Scans & blood work show excess calcium in kidney & stones. What's wrong with me?

Pain in right side of body, frm ear, neck, arm, abdmen to butt and thigh. Scans & blood work show excess calcium in kidney & stones. What's wrong with me?

Workup needed: High calcium can cause diffuse pain (especially in abdomen) and kidney stones. The issue is why the high calcium? Depending on how high, you may need further tests by your doctor. Make sure you're not taking anything with calcium in it like antacids (e.g. Tums). ...Read more

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Hubby has swelling all over body arms/legs/ankles. Went to ER. Heart/kidneys/lungs all fine. No answer. Gave anti inflammatory and sent home. Benadryl helps but he can't stop it. Must take every 6 hr. Primary had no answer. Out of town 4 work. Help.?

Hubby has swelling all over body arms/legs/ankles. Went to ER. Heart/kidneys/lungs all fine. No answer. Gave anti inflammatory and sent home. Benadryl helps but he can't stop it. Must take every 6 hr. Primary had no answer. Out of town 4 work. Help.?

Go to ER: This calls for a second opinion if nothing else. If there is any problem with his breathing, go back to the ER NOW. If just a little uncomfortable, call the doctor who is on call for your vacationing primary. Best wishes ...Read more

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I can't work my body out its been over a week since a light period an I'm having abdo pian, lower back pain, very swollen breasts, nausea an white vaginal discharge. I never have swollen breasts after period has finished. Preg test states negative so why

I can't work my body out its been over a week since a light period an I'm having abdo pian, lower back pain, very swollen breasts, nausea an white vaginal discharge. I never have swollen breasts after period has finished. Preg test states negative so why

Doctor can evaluate: A doctor can check to see if there is a medical issue, if a woman has mild menstrual-related symptoms. Many women have some variation of mucus discharge, of periods, or a missed period on occasion. Some women feel normal after a few days, but others have bothersome symptoms and follow-up with a doctor. A pregnancy test is reliable if done correctly, after missing a period, or 3 weeks after sex. ...Read more

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Where are the kidneys on the body located?

Where are the kidneys on the body located?

Back of abdomen: In the area under the scapula about 6 cms deeper in someone with normal body habitus. So it in the back of abdomen- it is a retroperitoneal organ. ...Read more

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Where are the kidneys in the body used for?

Where are the kidneys in the body used for?

See below: Kidneys filter the blood and eliminate waste and get rid of excess fluid, and salt. They also have hormonal functions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the artificial kidney work?

Can you tell me how the artificial kidney work?

Artificial kidney: The answer to your question is too long to be given here.
Please go to this link: http://www. Davita. Com/treatment-options/hemodialysis/in-center-hemodialysis/what-is-hemodialysis? /t/5594

This will give you very detailed answer to your question written in language that all can understand. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do kidney problems affect any other organs in the body?

Do kidney problems affect any other organs in the body?

Yes they can: Can cause: elevated blood pressure which -> heart attacks, headaches, strokes etc. Fluid retention -> ankle & eyelid swelling + shortness of breath. Renal diabetes insipidus -> xs fluid loss, thirst, frequent urination & bedwetting. Severe kidney damage -> lack of erythropoetin production -> bone marrow suppression anemia, also electrolyte disturbances.Hydronephrosis -> nausea, vomiting, abdo pain. ...Read more

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Does the kidney work better with less sugar or more sugar?

Does the kidney work better with less sugar or more sugar?

Neither: Our kidneys work best with an 'appropriate' amount of blood sugar (or glucose). Too much, or little, of a good thing affects how our kidneys function. ...Read more

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Can the kidney affect the function of reproductive system?

Can the kidney affect the function of reproductive system?

Absolutely: People with kidney disease have a higher risk of hormonal and reproductive problems. Incidence of erectile dysfunction is higher. Pregnancy rates in women with advanced kidney disease are much lower, and the chances of getting pregnant are directly proportional to the severity of the kidney disease. ...Read more

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Where is the kidneys in the body and what is their function?

Where is the kidneys in the body and what is their function?

See below: The kidneys are in the small of the back on either side of the spine and they help in eliminating waste and regulating salt and water balance and various electrolytes. ...Read more

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Does a kidney affect how the insulin is absorbed into the body?

Does a kidney affect how the insulin is absorbed into the body?

No: The kidneys are responsible for the breakdown of Insulin whether it is secreted normally by the pancreas or taking by injection in a person with diabetes. If the kidneys begin to fail the breakdown of Insulin is slowed. In this setting a person with diabetes may need to take less insulin. ...Read more

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How can the process of donating a kidney to someone random work?

How can the process of donating a kidney to someone random work?

Here is...: Through 60-yr accumulated experience in the medicine of organ transplant, we learned the better way to do tissue /organ matching for compatibility and discovered more effective drugs and their use to suppress organ rejection. As a result, it works so well and anyone of any age can donate tissue or organs to benefit and extend others' life. Blessing and blessed. ...Read more

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What can we do to make our kidneys perform better or work better?

What can we do to make our kidneys perform better or work better?

Healthy life style: There is no such thing that we can make the kidney work better. Diabetes, hypertension are the 2 leading causes of kidney disease, so if you have any of these conditions, keep it under control. Avoid unnecessary use of over the counter pain killers and herbal medications. Eat healthy diet, less fat, less salt and exercise regularly. Take enough water to prevent dehydration and avoid sodas. ...Read more

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What are the signs that your kidneys are being rejected by your body?

What are the signs that your kidneys are being rejected by your body?

Maybe none: The only sign early on be deteriorating function and therefore a rise in creatinine. ...Read more

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What are the implications of having a dual collection system in one's kidneys?

Probably not a: Major issue if the anatomic variant doesn't allow retrograde (backward) flow of urine which is a set up for recurrent kidney infections. ...Read more

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How does lithotrypsy work and does do any damage to kidney tissues? If so, to what extent?

"Force" waves: Eswl is the process of fragmenting kidney stones with "force" waves (created in a pulsatile fashion by one of several different types of generators) focused through and into the body at your kidney stone (s). Since the human body is composed mostly of water (including your bones), the force waves pass through human tissue and break up the stone through refraction (release) at the stone interface. ...Read more

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What happens in body when your kidney has a hole? I mean is it possible swelling whole body in child?

Kidney function: If a person's kidney is not functioning properly, one of the symptoms that can occur is generalized edema (or swelling) due to improper water balance regulation through a number of different of mechanisms (too complicated to discuss in this forum). I am not sure what you mean by the kidney having a hole (cysts?). There are simple blood tests to determine normal kidney function that can be done. ...Read more

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Does donating a kidney give extra work load to the remaining one? How can it cop with the extra work it has to do?

Yes but: A solitary kidney, if completely healthy, will be expected to provide adequate function for life. Some people are born with on kidney and they do very well unless develop an illness e.g. Diabetes, hypertension, etc. Hence the importance of close medical evaluation of the donor that includes history, exam, and lab. ...Read more

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Is it true that everyone's body cleanses kidneys during the times of 10- 2 am.? No matter what schedule you are on?

Working full time: The glomeruli function as in-line filters to your bloodstream, receiving 22% of the cardiac output. This translates into ~ 1.1 liter of blood being filtered a minute (every minute).

This high rate filtration system is overkill for the daily toxin load but serves us well by clearing toxic materials, however small in quantity, very quickly. ...Read more

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Why do our kidneys work better when we are laying down! 2nd- When is our BP highest? Sitting Standing, or laying down?

Why do our kidneys work better when we are laying down! 2nd- When is our BP highest? Sitting Standing, or laying down?

BP should be steady: Regarding our kidneys it does not matter if we lie down or stand up. They function the same irrespective of how we are standing or lying down. The same goes with our BP if we are healthy. If you are healthy BP should not change because the body has systems that keep it in a narrow range. But for some people that system does not work and their BP is normal lying down, but falls as they stand up. ...Read more

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My uncle has high level of creatinine and one kidney works 25 pct and the other at 50 pct. He is 78. Any trestment suggestions?

My uncle has high level of creatinine and one kidney works 25 pct and the other at 50 pct. He is 78. Any trestment suggestions?

Control and prevent.: Treatment is aimed at controlling the underlying disease which is causing his dysfunction (diabetes, hypertension, etc.) and in preventing further damage to the kidneys by avoiding any kidney toxic medications and in potentially taking appropriate medications such as angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. Sounds like you have already talked to someone about this. ...Read more

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My husbands kidneys are always freezing cold, his body can be hot but if you feel on his back were his kidneys are they are cold? Is this healthy

My husbands kidneys are always freezing cold, his body can be hot but if you feel on his back were his kidneys are they are cold? Is this healthy

YOU CANNOT FEEL KIDN: You can not feel temp of kidneys by touching his back, you are feeling the temp on the skin, feeling cold skin limited to back only, may be normal, but if you are cocerned check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What would happen if a transplanted kidney fails / gets rejected by the body?

What would happen if a transplanted kidney fails / gets rejected by the body?

It depends: Sometimes, the patient will need to have the organ removed. This usually occurs if the anti-rejection medications are being reduced or stopped, and the immune system continues to attack the kidney. Signs of this include pain near the transplant and fever; this requires immediate medical attention. In other patients, the failed kidney can remain in the body indefinitely with no problems. ...Read more

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How the kidney stones forms in our body?

How the kidney stones forms in our body?

Lots of ways: It depends on the stones that you are having. Stones can occur because of problems metabolizing uric acid, chronic kidney infection, not drinking enough fluids, underlying kidney disease, diet, and medications. Analyzing the stone narrows down the possibilities considerably. ...Read more

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How soon do you know if a kidney has been rejected by the body?

How soon do you know if a kidney has been rejected by the body?

Immediately: A rejected organ can cause pain, swelling, fever, and a drop in urine output. Early in the rejection process, there are no symptoms which is why lifelong supervison by transplant doctors is required to optimize graft survival. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms if my body starts rejecting the new kidney?

Local pain may occur: However the symptoms are those for kidney failure e.g. Swelling, decreased urine output, and high blood pressure. Rejection is much less likely if all transplant meds are taken with no skipping. ...Read more

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My friend needs a kidney and we are a match. If her body rejects it can I have it back?

My friend needs a kidney and we are a match. If her body rejects it can I have it back?

Kidney donor: That is very admirable of you to want to help out in such a way at such a young age. No, transplants fail for reasons other than rejection, and the conditions resulting in a failed transplant generally involve damaging the transplanted organ. However, if you are a match that is the first step to a successful situation for you both GOOD LUCK to BOTH OF YOU ...Read more

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Rt kidney is not working in the body lt kidney is working 100% is it any problem for health?

Rt kidney is not working in the body lt kidney is working 100% is it any problem for health?

Yes: You need to see a urologist to have evaluations to find out why your right kidney is not working. It could be a serious problem. ...Read more

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How well will my one kidney be able to support my body if I donate my other kidney to someone else?

How well will my one kidney be able to support my body if I donate my other kidney to someone else?

Very Well: Among adult living kidney donors under age 60, the remaining kidney will hypertrophy (enlarge) and you will have about 60-70% of of overall kidney function before the donation. The survival and rate of kidney failure in actual donors age matched to the general population is actually better. That is because they are screened for diseases and in good shape when they donate. ...Read more

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My sister's kidney has come loose from her body. What could have caused this? How do we treat this?

Nothing if...: What you reported might be an incidental finding on imaging studies for abdominal pain, which showed a significant change in the position/location of kidney in supine or standing position, called nephroptosis, which usually bears no clinical importance, except occasional case which needs to be evaluated for its possible related pain at right time in right way. More? Ask the attending urologist. ...Read more

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How does kidney dialysis work?

How does kidney dialysis work?

Filters blood.: It's a complicated process, but basically dialysis involves a filter called a dialyzer that the patient's blood passes through. Potentially harmful molecules in the blood are diffused across the filter membrane and eliminated as waste. Dialysis replaces some of the function of normal kidneys, but not all. It is better to stay healthy and prevent the need for dialysis if possible. ...Read more