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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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What is a common infection with polycystic kidney disease?

What is a common infection with polycystic kidney disease?

UTI: Polycystic kidney disease usually causes hematuria (blood in the urine) or a urinary tract infection. These conditions can be treated with antibiotics. ...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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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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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