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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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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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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 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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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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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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Does sleeping at 4-5am and waking up at 3-4pm has any effects on my internal organ such as bladder,kidney,ect or it just effect my sleeping rhythm!! ?

Does sleeping at 4-5am and waking up at 3-4pm has any effects on my internal organ such as bladder,kidney,ect or it just effect my sleeping rhythm!!  ?

No: If you mean going to bed at 4 to 5 am and getting up at 3 to 4 pm- it does not affect your internal organs. Most people do not need 11 to 12 hrs of sleep. You do note pregnancy in the clinical findings so that could add to fatigue, but I would suggest getting evaluated to make sure that there are no other issues. ...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?

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?

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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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?

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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Woud you please discuss the connections of kidney disease (nephropathy) with other systems?

Pretty broad: Really not enough space to answer. The kidney ultimately effects the metabolism of the entire body, and renal disease can effect the bone marrow, skin, heart, lungs, blood vessels, liver, joints, bones, muscles, etc. ...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

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How to know if an organ is failing,such as a kidney or liver, other than having it verified by a gp or other medical practitioner?

How to know if an organ is failing,such as a kidney or liver, other than having it verified by a gp or other medical practitioner?

Labs and history: THe doctor will look at your liver function studies and studies that estimate kidney function. Coupling these results with your history will halp make the diagnosis ...Read more

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What this means in USG KUB REPORT ? IMPRESSION: Mild fullness of the right upper ureter and collecting system of the right kidney.

What this means in USG KUB REPORT ?
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Mild fullness of the right upper ureter and collecting system of the right kidney.

KUB: It means the right upper tube draining your kidney is mildly full as is the part above this. I would discuss with the Dr. who wrote the report as mild fullness is vague. ...Read more

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I plan to donate a kidney to someone this year but I also plan on becoming pregnant within a year. Could a missing organ effect pregnancy or unborn?

I plan to donate a kidney to someone this year but I also plan on becoming pregnant within a year. Could a missing organ effect pregnancy or unborn?

Depend...: If the remaining kidney is healthy, it could be okay. But, it is hard to say because the course of pregnancy may be unpredictable though rare to be a concern. For more general & specific individual details, please ask the team of renal transplant. Best wish to health and family... ...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 (furosemide). Meaning?

No obstruction: The Lasix (furosemide) 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 (furosemide) is given to help flush out the radiotracer; if it washes out then there is no obstruction. ...Read more

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My USG abdomen showed BILATERAL PROMINANT PELVICALYCEAL SYSTEM in kidneys. WHAT DOES IT MEAN.

My USG abdomen showed 
BILATERAL PROMINANT PELVICALYCEAL SYSTEM in kidneys.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN.

Possible obstruction: This is a back-up of urine in the collecting system portion of the kidneys where they drain urine down into the ureters.It will take more testing to find out where the possible obstruction, if any, exists, see a Urologist for more info ...Read more

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Could propecia (finasteride) damage the kidneys, liver, or any other organ?

Could propecia (finasteride) damage the kidneys, liver, or any other organ?

Rarely: Other than effects on sexuasl function, chronic use for a long time may possibly cause rare liver and venous effects. ...Read more

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How can kidney disease affect the immune system?

How can  kidney disease affect the immune system?

Plenty of reasons: If your kidneys are losing protein in your urine (proteinuria), this can affect the production of antibodies to fight infections.
If your kidney disease is a result of uncontrolled diabetes, elevated blood sugars can lower the immune response to infections.
Finally, if one is on dialysis, great care must be taken to keep the dialysis site sterile as this is often a source of infections. ...Read more

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How does kidney disease actually affect the immune system?

How does kidney disease actually affect the immune system?

Lowers immunity : Kidney diseases usually lowers someone's immunity as evidenced by the high risk of these patients to develop infections ( pneumonia, urine infection etc) and their lack to respond appropriately to vaccinations ( hepatitis ....). ...Read more

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What effects can losing a kidney have on the body-can it cause fatigue, or affect the immune system?

What effects can losing a kidney have on the body-can it cause fatigue, or affect the immune system?

Single kidney: Loss of one kidney should have no effect on bodily functions. You can live a normal life with one kidney. The one exception would be of you had faling kidneys. In that situation every bit of healthy kidney tissue is needed to maintain kidney functions, so loss of an entire kidney could have a significant consequence. Fatigue and even immune dysfunction could occur with more severe kidney failure. ...Read more

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Does taking amino acid 2222tabs causes kidney disorders or any testicular issues or nervous system disorder?

Highly unlikely: These are Amino Acids which are the building blocks of proteins. Eating a good steak dinner will give you the same benefits plus taste. There are no reported significant toxicities associated with this. ...Read more

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I had a anomaly test in my 20 wks. I got a "Genito-urinary system:mild pelviectatic both kidneys" in my report. what is it? is it something to worry?

I had a anomaly test in my 20 wks. I got a "Genito-urinary system:mild pelviectatic both kidneys" in my report. what is it? is it something to worry?

Discuss with doctor: This is something that you have to discuss in detail with your OB. This forum is not appropriate to discuss without knowing all your medical history. Thank you for consulting health tap ...Read more

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I had ultrasound done and it said a prominent column of berlin versus a duplicated collecting system is seen in the right kidney. What does that mean?

I had ultrasound done and it said a prominent column of berlin versus a duplicated collecting system is seen in the right kidney. What does that mean?

Column of Bertin: Renal column (of bertin) is extension of renal cortex between the renal pyramids [see diagram]. It allows the cortex to be better anchored. It consists of blood vessels, urinary tubes & fibrous material. See this site for image of duplicated collecting system, a common normal variant: http://health-fts.Blogspot.Com/2012/04/urinary-tract-obstruction.Html (midpage for pic). ...Read more

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Can the body's immune system fight off a kidney infection? Just curious.

Can the body's immune system fight off a kidney infection? Just curious.

Need clarification: If you're talking about pyelonephritis, an actual kidney infection, then antibiotic use is absolutely essential to management. If you're talking about a urinary tract infection like what most people get, then it depends. Asymptomatic women don't need to be treated but asymptomatic men should. Both symptomatic men and women should get treated. ...Read more

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What does " no renal collecting system dilatation" mean on a kidney ultrasound?

What does " no renal collecting system dilatation" mean on a kidney ultrasound?

It means: there are no signs of blockage or obstruction to urine flow at the level of the kidneys(hydronephrosis). In other words, normal. ...Read more