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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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This may be a stupid question, but why can't you clone an organ we don't need to live (like a spleen) to carry out the functions of say a kidney?

This may be a stupid question, but why can't you clone an organ we don't need to live (like a spleen) to carry out the functions of say a kidney?

Specialization: Each organ is organized with usually specialized cells to perform a specific function. I think the day is coming that we will be able to "clone" a new organ from a person's own stem cells. The question to your question is " can the radio in your car be modified to work as a wheel?" ...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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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?

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?

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