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

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

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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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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I have a duplex drainage system on my left kidney and for years I have suffered from kidney pain which affects me every morning. Are they related?

I have a duplex drainage system on my left kidney and for years I have suffered from kidney pain which affects me every morning. Are they related?

Possibly: Duplex system not a problem as long as each ureter enters the bladder normally.If there is a ureterocele it ca obstruct the upper portion of the kidney.If there is vesico-ureteral reflux it causes urine to back up ureter.Flank pain is a symptom,also UTIs.Details of treatment rather long(low dose a-biotics,surgery...)depending on ur case but space limited.You need to be seen by urologist.Good luck. ...Read more

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2 sets of renal collecting systems compatible with cross ectopic kidneys. I still have 2 kidneys right?

2 sets of renal collecting systems compatible with cross ectopic kidneys. I still have 2 kidneys right?

Here is...: I assume the findings of kidneys are incidentally found in imaging studies for abdominal pain. Did the detailsed Hx pointing to the pain of renal origin? If not, I would take no action and leave it alone and see since in reality,nothing could be done about it.As to 2 sets,this may refer to complete duplicating system. Remember kidneys are the organ having highest rate of normal variation among... ...Read more

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In renogran report, right kidney, it reads- there is hold up of the activity in the collection system with complete wash out after lasix. Meaning?

In renogran report,  right kidney,  it reads- there is hold up of the activity in the collection system with complete wash out after lasix. Meaning?

No obstruction: The Lasix renal scan you had is good for differentiating a dilated collectong system from true obstruction. Sometimes urine will not clear immediately from the collecting system if there is some dilation, but this doesn't necesserily mean it is obstructed. Lasix is given to help flush out the radiotracer; if it washes out then there is no obstruction. ...Read more

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What does fluid in the system mean after a ultrasound of kidneys?

What does fluid in the system mean after a ultrasound of kidneys?

Can't say for sure.: Your question is too non-specific. Exactly what did the report say? In what, "system" was the fluid? If you mean the renal collecting system then excess fluid could reflect kidney obstruction or infection. That's just one possible answer. ...Read more

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How does polycystic kidneys affect the immune system?

How does polycystic kidneys affect the immune system?

Not sure: Adult polycystic kidney disease(numerous cysts form in both kidneys. It is a autosomal dominant genetic disease, meaning you inherit it from your parents.Can cause cysts in the liver and pancreas, aneurysms in the brain which can cause stroke.Urinary tract infections, blood in urine, high blood pressure kidney stones, renal failure, bowel diverticula can occur. No definite immune issues are related. ...Read more

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I have pain in my right lower back after walking for about 15 minutes. Oct. 2010 i had an incident where i bled out and all my systems shut down. Could this be kidney related?

This : This does need to be evaluated based on your past medical history. It could be musculoskeletal pain. Try to note if the pain radiates down your leg when you get it. Because of your history of kidney problems, you should be tested for infection or blood in your urine. Please see your doctor, share your past medical history, and schedule a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Can kidney cyst compromise my immune system?

No.: One person in four has a simple kidney cyst. Ignore it. I wish all the questions here were this easy! thanks for writing. ...Read more

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