Users' questions

Is it normal to have only one kidney?

Is it normal to have only one kidney?

As for being at risk you only have one kidney left this new virus appears to cause kidney failure according to some reports. Protect the one you still have. I had my right nephrectomy at 17. Back then, in 1989, I was told I would be completely normal.

Can you have CKD stage 3 with one kidney?

Now, you are considered CKD Stage 3 with one kidney (at least in usa from what Ive read and been told) even if your numbers are more normal. I’d think to be in a risk category you would need to have an immune-suppressing illness going on, but that’s my opinion.

What happens to creatinine when you have only one kidney?

Well when you have only one kidney doing the work of two, the amount of Creatinine in your system is naturally going to be higher. One of the many, many flaws of the formula used does NOT take into consideration if the person has one kidney or two.

When to see a specialist for kidney disease?

When it comes to living with kidney disease, recovery usually does not happen once your GFR has chronically declined to the advanced stages. Hence, the emphasis really needs to be on prevention. The next time you see your physician make sure to discuss the results of your GFR and ask if you should be seen by a specialist.

What to look for in a person with kidney failure?

The first one to watch for is high blood pressure (again). “High blood pressure may be a sign of kidney disease, or it may cause it. It’s the chicken-or-egg dilemma,” Dr. Calle says. Diabetes is another key risk factor.

What kind of Doctor does a kidney stone need?

There are two major types of doctors that work on the kidney: nephrologists and urologists. Urologists are surgeons of the urinary tract that can remove cancers of the kidneys, open up blockages in the ureters from stones, or help drain the bladder better.

Can a nephrologist extend the life of a kidney?

This includes conditions like systemic vasculitides and autoimmune diseases (such as lupus) as well as congenital and genetic conditions of the kidneys. Only nephrologists can extend a patient’s life after the failure of an organ.