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What are the symptoms of kidney disease or infection?

What are the symptoms of kidney disease or infection?

Multiple: Kidney infection symptoms may be fever, chills, flank pain, nausea, urinary frequency or pain, blood in urine or sediment or change in urine color as some of more common ones. Kidney disease may also involve hypertension, kidney stones, and gradual toxin buildup that can lead to fatigue, confusion, heart rhythm problems and other issues. Seek attention and evaluation if you are concerned. ...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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What exactly is the worst that could happen if a kidney disease/infection isn't treated?

What exactly is the worst that could happen if a kidney disease/infection isn't treated?

Not good: If the person became septic they could become terribly ill (maybe even die if severe complications occured). ...Read more

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Will a kidney infection lead to kidney disease?

Will a kidney infection lead to kidney disease?

Kidney Infection: Not necessarily. Most kidney infections, such as a urinary tract infection or an infection in the kidney itself (pyelonephritis) can be treated safely and quickly. In certain situations based on the degree of infection or the underlying health of the patient this can impact kidney function. ...Read more

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How long does it take for kidney infection to turn into kidney disease?

How long does it take for kidney infection to turn into kidney disease?

Not a good question.: An infection is a type of disease. The question therefore does not really make any sense. Most infections of the kidney come and go and need turn into anything else. ...Read more

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Might it happen that a kidney infection turn into something more serious like chronic kidney disease?

Might it happen that a kidney infection turn into something more serious like chronic kidney disease?

Multiple infections: If infection treated with appropriate antibiotic during the accute phase kidney damage can be preented. Chronic renal disease has to occur from multiple and/or subclinical infections, sometimes infection can affect one or both kidneys. Scarred kidneys from infection can lead to hypertension and renal failure. Infections in children are often related to vesicoureteral reflux (from bladder to kidney. ...Read more

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Can you tell if strep infection was from a certain time for kidney disease, NG, say that antibodies in the blood say that disease was 5 years previou?

Confusing question: Infections with group A streptococcus, the main cause of strep throats and certain skin infections, can lead to a kidney problem called glomerulonephritis. Post-strep GN usually is apparent within a few weeks after a strep infection, but sometimes can cause kidney damage that isn't diagnosed until years later. This is uncommon. At 5 years, probably something else explpains the kidney problem. ...Read more

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End stage kidney disease (pkd). Recurrent infections since apr, 12. Been on levoflox 500 since then. Noticed redness of skin in the leg. Is the drug safe?

End stage kidney disease (pkd). Recurrent infections since apr, 12. Been on levoflox 500 since then. Noticed redness of skin in the leg. Is the drug safe?

PKD and levofloxacin: Levofloxacin is a good medication, though can have tendon side effects. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) and Levo are especially good for PKD associated infections. Redness of leg skin may reflect some edema -- is there evidence of rash on trunk or arms? ...Read more

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Whenever I get an upper respiratory infection, I urinate blood. This always lasts about 5-8 days and I am completely miserable. Is it kidney disease?

Whenever I get an upper respiratory infection, I urinate blood. This always lasts about 5-8 days and I am completely miserable. Is it kidney disease?

Urinating blood: Some upper respiratory pathogens like mycoplasma can be associated with Ig A nephropathy and or hemolytic anemia. There is an entity called Goodpastures an autoimmune condition that is associated with hematuria and pulmonary issues but it is usually more severe. Would follow up with nephrologist ...Read more

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Can a urinalysis pick up kidney disease? Had multiple, also was in hospital for infection but nobody said anything about kidney failure. Ct, sonogram to.

Can a urinalysis pick up kidney disease? Had multiple, also was in hospital for infection but nobody said anything about kidney failure. Ct, sonogram to.

It's a good start: A standard urinalysis does check for protein in the urine which is often a sign of kidney disease. But small amounts may be missed unless a more specific test is requested (for microalbuminuria). Other signs of kidney disease are an abnormal blood level of creatinine or blood in the urine (also detected in the urinalysis). Finally, many patients will start having elevated blood pressure. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged fatty liver, enlarged spleen, & 2nd stage kidney disease & I need to know if any one of those would cause a UTI & an ear infection?

I have an enlarged fatty liver, enlarged spleen, & 2nd stage kidney disease & I need to know if any one of those would cause a UTI & an ear infection?

Not per se: The conditions you described do not cause UTI by themselves. You should be under the care of a doctor to manage these illnesses so that you may prevent deterioration of liver and kidney function. ...Read more

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What is the difference between kidney disease and chronic kidney problems?

Not one infection: Usually one kidney infection does not cause decrease in function of kidneys.
Bilateral disease of kidneys usually on chronic basis causes reduction in renal function. Chronic kidney disease can be related to infection, hypertension, congenital cystic disease, certain medications, diabetes, glomerulonephritis etc. Usually detailed history, examination, and perhaps testing may narrow cause. ...Read more

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What is the difference between multicystic kidneys and polycystic kidney disease?

What is the difference between multicystic kidneys and polycystic kidney disease?

Multi vs poly kidney: Multicystic kidney is usually a developmental anomaly of the kidney, usually unilateral and is due to the renal tissue not connecting to the developing urogenital tissue. Usually the kidney does not function, and presents during birth or early childhood. Polycystic kidneys are inherited and usually are functional but eventually will cause progressive renal failure depending on the severity. ...Read more

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What is the difference between renal parenchymal disease and chronic kidney disease?

What is the difference between renal parenchymal disease and chronic kidney disease?

Renal parenchymal dz: Renal parenchymal disease is a phrase usually listed in reports from imaging studies, it is an imaging finding. If you truly have an imaging abnormality it does imply having chronic kidney disease (ckd). With only the phrase renal parenchymal disease, we can't guess on what stage of CKD a person has or the cause of the damage. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease?

Please help! What is the difference between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease?

Genes: There are caused by different loci. The recessive form generally causes illness from the time of birth due to the large, ineffective kidneys. The dominant form sneaks up on a person during adult life. The affected kidneys look different in the two diseases. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a kidney disease, and auto immune kidney disease? My protien is 9, 876.

What's the difference between a kidney disease, and auto immune kidney disease? My protien is 9, 876.

Kidney disease: The term kidney disease is a very general term and has no indication of cause. The term autoimmune indicates specifically that an immune attack arose within your body that is attacking the kidney. Therapy typically includes prednisone, plus cytoxan or prograf or cyclosporin or cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) or imuran. Proteinuria of 9876 is very high and indicates severe attack and leakage of protein. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease?

Is there a difference between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease?

Yes: The dominant form occurs mostly in adults. It is inherited but it takes time to show up as a diagnosable disease in middle to later age. Depending on your luck you either have it from your parent or not (50% chance).The recessive form could be carried by seemingly healthy persons and when manifests as a disease in the offspring, it shows up at a much earlier age. ...Read more

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What are the differences between nephropathy and chronic kidney disease?

What are the differences between nephropathy and chronic kidney disease?

Close, semantics: Nephropathy means kidney condition. So you could have diabetic nephropathy, hypertensive nephropathy, or uric acid nephropathy.
A chronic kidney disease (ckd) means a long-term kidney disease that is not amenable for correction. It also could have many different causes. Above examples of nephropathy are also chronic kidney diseases but uric acid nephropathy is possibly curable so it is not ckd. ...Read more

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What are the differences between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease?

What are the differences between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease?

Differences: Main differences are---ADPKD shows itself in adults and 1/3 stays silent, 1/3 cause complications like hypertension etc, and 1/3 progress to end stage renal disease. ARPKD --- on the other hand manifests itself in pediatric population, in fact soon after birth, almost always involves kidneys bilaterally and requires dialysis for survival. Good news-- ADPKD is dominant therefore never skips generat ...Read more

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Hi. I'm 31 weeks pregnant. I have kidney disease and I have kidney stones. Not able to pass them or remove them until after I deliver. But recently I had this irritating pain in my clitoris and it's hard. Went to the hospital and I have no infection but I

Hi. I'm 31 weeks pregnant. I have kidney disease and I have kidney stones. Not able to pass them or remove them until after I deliver. But recently I had this irritating pain in my clitoris and it's hard. Went to the hospital and I have no infection but I

Irritation clitoris: SMorse~ please check with a Urologist about this. I did not know that pregnancy was a CI to lithotripsy (low dose) for kidney stones.The irritation is from the high level of calcium in the urine and may even be particulate microscopically. This urine gravel will cause scraping of the urethra and swelling. DRINK LOTS OF WATER TO DILUTE. Thanks ...Read more

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Can drinking lots of fluids prevent kidney disease after strep throat infection, but treated early with antibiotic, though. Thanks doctor.!?

Can drinking lots of fluids prevent kidney disease after strep throat infection, but treated early with antibiotic, though. Thanks doctor.!?

Autoinmmune disease: Acute glomerular nephritis (agn) is the consequence of an autoimmune reaction against the kidney triggered by antibodies to streptococcus pyogenes, the infecting agent of "strep throat." pushing fluids will help your body recover more easily from the acute infection, but will not prevent the agn. Using proper antibiotics for an appropriate period of time will prevent most cases of agn. ...Read more

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I have swelling feet and calves. What could be the cause? I was checked for kidney disease and all is fine. All my blood is fine. What else could it b

See below.: Edema of the lower extremities comes from liver or kidney disease or from heart pump failure or to leaky vessels or excess sodium in diet. See doc to make sure we have crossed all items off list. If none of the above it is idiopathic edema caused by a slight imbalance in the hydrostatic pressures in the leg vessels. Sometimes due to prior infection / trauma or obesity. ...Read more

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Who have risk of getting chronic kidney diseases in adults?

Who have risk of getting chronic kidney diseases in adults?

Everybody: Today there's a laboratory fad that overdiagnoses 'chronic kidney disease' in all well-muscled individuals based on serum creatinine levels. However, anyone who neglects high blood pressure or kidney infections or does not manage diabetes closely will end up sick bad kidneys, and a few disesaes strike at random. ...Read more

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Does exercise help with kidney disease?

Does exercise help with kidney disease?

Yes: Exercise has a profound impact on health and well-being. Regardless of your health and fitness status, it is possible for you to improve your overall well being and health with regular exercise. As the blood is circulated by exercise, toxins and other waste products are eliminated more efficiently and metabolic functions improve. This allows essential nutrients to be transported more efficiently. ...Read more

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Does a kidney disease affect mental development?

Does a kidney disease affect mental development?

It possibly can: Reflux disease in children can affect mental growth. Recurrent infections, uremia and incontinence may affect mental status or may be associated with neurological conditions. ...Read more

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What illnesses could cause serious kidney disease in a child?

What illnesses could cause serious kidney disease in a child?

Mostly infections: Bacterial infections that produce certain toxins such as a type of e coli recently found in germany but also present here can cause a serious disorder called hemolytic uremic syndrome with sudden kidney failure.
Streptocaccol infections of a certain type can cause nephritis due to antibodies produced against them. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Previous Kidney Disease (Definition)

Polycystic kidney disease is a kidney disorder passed down through families in which multiple cysts form on the kidneys, causing ...Read more