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Is Kidney shrinkage kidney failure?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

The shrinking of the kidney can lead to decreased kidney function (kidney failure) but there are two kidneys and if one decreased function the other kidney will step up to the task.
It needs to be clear why one kidney shrank. This is a guide to the diagnosis and the therapy. Some illness actually cause both kidney to shrink. Your function will help clarify your diagnosis.

In brief: Not necessarily

The shrinking of the kidney can lead to decreased kidney function (kidney failure) but there are two kidneys and if one decreased function the other kidney will step up to the task.
It needs to be clear why one kidney shrank. This is a guide to the diagnosis and the therapy. Some illness actually cause both kidney to shrink. Your function will help clarify your diagnosis.
Dr. John Goldman
Dr. John Goldman
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