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How does chronic kidney disease affect the renal system and organs?

How does chronic kidney disease affect the renal system and organs?

Renal equals kidney: The kidney is the basic engine of the renal system. It is what processes the wastes and corrects the chemicals in the body. The remainder of the renal or genitourinary system is the plumbing that allows the liquid wastes of the body to be eliminated. ...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 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

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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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Can long term Morphine use cause organ damage. Especially kidney as have blown up with fluid.

Can long term Morphine use cause organ damage.  Especially kidney as have blown up with fluid.

Possibly: There are reports of such damage and you need to discuss this w/ your doctor. It may be possible to catch it before it becomes permanent - I hope that's true. In any case - don't ignore it. See your doctor ASAP. Best! ...Read more

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Why do we still die of organ failures? I thought modern medicine has all the machines that can replace organs. For example, dialysis for kidneys, no?

Why do we still die of organ failures? I thought modern medicine has all the machines that can replace organs. For example, dialysis for kidneys, no?

No: Modern medicine is awesome but the human body is incredible. We can mimic the kidney with dialysis but we can't quite get it right. Eventually we fail. We have not been able to do it nearly as well as the body itself. Our body is actually programed for death through apoptosis, or death of the individual cells. The only cell that live forever are cancer cells. ...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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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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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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Can a dislocated or slipped rib put pressure on your organs like the kidneys in your back or any organ? I read it can.

Can a dislocated or slipped rib put pressure on your organs like the kidneys in your back or any organ? I read it can.

Rib injury: It usually takes an injury to dislocate a rib from the spine or sternum(breast bone). This results in severe pain and can cause significant damage to the lungs, heart or some nerves. Mild dislocations are less painful and may need no treatment unlike a dislocated rib. A physician should be consulted for significant rib injuries. ...Read more