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What Does Borderline Kidney Failure Mean
Chronic kidneydiseas: Chronic kidney failure is the loss of functioning kidney tissue due to permanent damage to the tiny subunits called nephrons.We have about a million nephrons per kidney, and as we lose nephrons the ones that are left enlarge and work harder until they reach their limit, at which point the kidney can no longer keep up with the body's needs to excrete toxins, balance fluids and minerals and other fx. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Coronary artery dz: When we say heart blockage we generally are referring the coronary arteries which supply blood to the muscle of the heart. When these close off, it usually results in a heart attack. Mild blockages would mean there is some narrowing of the vessel but not enough to cause any flow problems. Borderline is not a specific medical term, but probably means that it beginning to be enough to watch. ...Read more
Kidney Failure: Kidney failure (kf) usually refers to the condition where kidney function is poor enough for a patient to start dialysis. It is called chronic kidney disease (ckd) stage 6. Other stages of ckd, 1-5, may imply kidney failure of worsening degree as one goes to higher stages of ckd. Go see a nephrologist for more information on your kidney failure to get a better answer to your question. ...Read more
HTN & renal failure: Htn (hypertension or high blood pressure) is one of the two leading causes of chronic renal (kidney) failure. Diabetes is the other leading cause. Many people have both HTN and diabetes! when kidneys shut down, many body systems suffer: heart, bone health, red blood cell production, etc. When kidneys stop functioning, kidney transplants or dialysis help; there's no substitute for healthy kidneys! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It could suggest : Congenital kidney conditions such as medullary sponge kidney or could be from conditions that cause elevated calcium level like huperparathyroidism . Google online about nephrocalcinosis/ calcium deposit in the kidney parenchyma or substance vs nephrolithiasis / kidney stone. ...Read more
Bone disease: People with renal failure develop weaken bones from abnormal mineralization of the bone. Renal osteodystrophy is the name of this process where calcium and phosphorus do not deposit into the bone correctly and therefore the person's bones are prone to fractures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anion Gap?: "The anion gap is the difference between primary measured cations (sodium Na+ and potassium K+) and the primary measured anions (chloride Cl- and bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) HCO3-) in serum. This test is most commonly performed in patients who present with altered mental status, unknown exposures, acute renal failure, and acute illnesses." (http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2087291-overview) ...Read more
Get good information: Kidneys have a host of functions: from removing wastes and excess fluid from your blood stream, to secreting a hormore that helps red blood cells form, to regulating blood pressure and acid-base balance - and more. When your kidneys aren't working, the whole body is impacted. Unless this is acute and reversable, you will want to learn about kidney transplant, hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. ...Read more
Poor nomenclature. : "high kidney function", this could mean high BUN and creatnine seen on lab testing which suggests decreased kidney function and underlying kidney disease. While most kidney doctors have come to think in terms of estimated kidney function based on routine blood testing and then subsequently applying a calculation based on the blood tests to determine function, in this case that would be a good sign. ...Read more
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Tissue density: Of kidney cortex. Cortex of kidneys contains nephrons, about 1 million/kideny. The area of kideney fuction, filtration ; reabsorbtion. Ultrasound is study using sound waves whuch either pass through tissue or bounce back. Echotexture is nil or black through water ; becomes progressively more white as tissus becomes more dense. Thus white for bone or stone. Dark/hypoechoic texture is usually better. ...Read more
See answer: "bulky" kidney is not a common or usual term used to describe the appearance of the kidney on an imaging (ultrasound, ct, etc) study or report. If there is no mention of a renal mass, hydronephrosis, or other pathology, it likely refers to the size, shape, or contour of your kidney and probably just represents a normal anatomical variation of no clinical significance. Ask your md for clarification. ...Read more
Loss of function: Kidneys of human body has millions of microscopic filters to eliminate waste , called glomurali , due to diabetes , blood pressure , and age etc we lose them , non reversible filtration rate will decrease , as more of them are gone, ultimately leads to end stage renal failure dialysis is required , , stage iii a rate will be 45-59 ml/mint in stage iii b will be 30 - 44 ml/ mnt. ...Read more
Depending on levels.: Bilirubin is a by-product of blood cell breakdown which every living-human has. Small amount is normal, but too much can be toxic to the developing brain. Level of 14 or more in preterm and 17 in fullterm baby is concerning and needs medical attention. Feed the baby--as much as possible, more feeding, faster resolution of jaundice. Consult and follow up with doc..Good luck. ...Read more
???: I'm not sure what that means. I guess your blood work is inconclusive and the doc cannot make a definite diagnosis. Tell your doc to explain what he/she meant with that and more importantly what he/she wants to do about it. ...Read more
Hi GFR: What does high GFR indicate? ANS: I specialize in this & can help with 2nd opinion now. Till then consider big salt load, diabetes, having an adrenal tumor that makes too much aldosterone, being African American & having HTN, or just having high BP, Taking certain meds. Have recently had pt Dxed with this because lab entered M & not F in calculations of eGFR as would wrong age, ethnicity entry. ...Read more
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