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What is the size of normal female kidney? How does it differ from a kidney allograft?

Can pelvocalectasia happens in an allograft kidney? If so, is it dangerous?

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How do you know you are having kidney problems?

My friend has been having pain in her left side that at times is unbearable. Her blood pressure has also been affected. Could this be her Kidneys?What are some symptoms of kidney trouble.

The main indication of kidney trouble is problems with urination (pain, burning, frequency, strong odor, cloudiness, etc.). Blood in the urine can indicate an infection or a kidney stone. With a kidney infection, you have severe back, flank or abdominal pain and usually fever, chills, sometimes nausea and vomiting. A kidney stone has similar symptoms and is often described as the worst pain the person has ever had. Kidney issues definitely affect BP. I hope your friend is seeing a doctor.  (+ info)

What are some of the symptoms of kidney stones?

My husband has been having severe pain in his back, around the area of his right kidney. He's also been very nauseated, and not hungry at all. He went to the ER last night and they didn't find anything unusual with his lab work. He'll be going to his regular doctor in a few days. My question, or rather his question is, do people who have kidney stones generally lose their appetite?
No...they did not do an x-ray.

YES! Many people generally lose their appetite when having kidney stones. http://www.kidneystonesbook.net/chone.html look under "symptoms of stones", there are many symptoms depending on the degree of blockage. Good luck!  (+ info)

Is it good for kidney transplant patients to work in a graveyard shift?

What are the effects of sleeping late at night for kidney transplants?
What about that you have your laboratory the next day, i think you are not allowed to sleep late at night because the results will not be normal as what you are supposed to be if you sleep early. You think you guys can work regular graveyard shift? For example, 11pm to 7am work five days a week. Is it okay and not too hazardous for your health?

Thanks a lot.ü

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How long will a transplanted kidney last?

I am going to be undergoing a kidney transplant from a live donor soon. I understand that the anti-rejection medication that I will be on will slowly but surely kill the kidney that was donated to me over time. On average, how many years can a live donor kidney survive without dying again? This is assuming no other health concerns besides kidney failure. The doctors have all been very vague about the years. One said 10-15, another said 15-20, and yet another told me that with progressions in science, it could last forever. Does anyone have the facts?

I am in the same boat as you are. There is not a single day that I don’t think about when my transplanted kidney is going to give up. (I received a kidney 8 months ago from a living related donor).

There is no easy way to tell you, but the truth is that nobody can predict how long your kidney is going to survive. I have talked to a total of 8 nephrologist in two different countries, and all of the doctors have different numbers. Yes, it is heartening to hear about people surviving for 20-30 years. But then, no-one actually talks about a patient that has not very well.

I am sure you are aware of the risks post transplant (cholesterol problem, heart attack, cancer etc). So, personally, I do everything in my realm to ease the burden on my new kidney. I eat low fat, healthy meals with plenty of whole grains, fruits and veggies. No smoking or drinking alcohol. I have given up tea, coffee and sodas. I drink fruit juices once in a while, but prefer whole fruit. And, lots of water. Remember, everything you eat or drink will pass through the kidney, so...

I spend 60-90 minutes working out 5 days a week. I watch my weight. If you are overweight, please try to lose some (Its easier after the transplant).

I am extremely careful with personal hygiene. I wash my hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap. (Most infections are spread through surfaces, door knobs etc). I wear a mask (even now) when I visit hospitals and travel in aeroplanes. The more number of times you fall sick from infections, the more your body is going to attack the new kidney along with the other pathogens.

And yes, stress is really not good for you, so try and be happy. I have taken up yoga.....that has helped some.

I am not sure if all the paranoia :-D has paid or not, but so far I am doing fine. (touchwood). It is a change in lifestyle but so worth it.

As transplant patients, we have plenty on our hands. :-) But yes, after you will feel so much better after.

So, be strong, keep smiling and Good Luck!!  (+ info)

How long does a person with kidney disease live?

Do you know someone who has/had kidney disease? If so how long did they live? How many kidney transplants did they receive, 1? 2? 3?
Or are you a doctor who knows statistics. I would really like to know how long people usually live if they had kidney failure as a young child and had a transplant and now need another kidney transplant. How long can that person really expect to live?

Even if they don't get a Kidney, there is dialysis. You can live to be quite old as long as you are dialysed and follow a strict diet, it is not easy, since traditional dialysis is 3 days a week for 3-4 hrs at a time and it can leave you quite weak; there is also peritoneal dialysis that is more under the control of the patient and hence has more freedom  (+ info)

How can I make a kidney shaped cake?

I want to bake a cake or cupcakes for the anniversary of a friend's kidney transplant.

cut a rounded crescent shape from a round pan. use a red velvet cake mix and a red frosting.  (+ info)

Can a person with kidney problem drink tea? What food or drinks should a kidney patient avoid?

My husband is diabetic and suspected of having kidney problems and he has been drinking lots of tea which worries me coz I heard tea are supposed to be diuretic so meaning they make your kidneys work harder? I really don't know. Anybody can advise me?

I have Kidney problem was diagnose by my doctor. My doctor said eat food that contact with less salt and to help my kidney, i should take Fish Oil..I was told to take Fish oil 3 times a day. After 6 months taking fish oil, i was tested again by my doctor and he told me that the fish oil has help slower my kidney damage. I am also a tea drinker and my doctor said i should continue with my normal diet. Hope this help..  (+ info)

What is the difference between kidney stone and gallstone? What is the difference in treatment?

What is the difference between kidney stone and gallstone? What is the difference in treatment? What are the options for treatment other than surgery? Can we drink water to flush out gallstones?

A kidney or renal stone is a stone in the urinary/renal system such as the kidney, ureters, bladder, etc.. A renal/kidney stone can be passed if it is not too large. A gallstone is a stone in the gallbladder or common bile duct and requires surgery for removal.  (+ info)

what causes kidney stones, and is it normal to bleed heavier on your period if you do have a kidney stone?

I was just told the other day that I have a kidney stone. I started my period just a couple of days before, and I've noticed that my flow is heavier than normal. Is that okay, or could there be something wrong?

Katie B,
You are very likely well aware of the following details, but in case there is something that you are not aware of, please read on. Your kidneys are responsible for removing excess fluid from your body and filtering out unneeded electrolytes and wastes from your blood, resulting in the production of urine. Kidney stones form when the minerals and acid salts in your urine crystallize, stick together, and solidify into a mass. This happens when your urine contains more crystal-forming substances, such as calcium and uric acid, than the available fluid can dilute. This can happen when urine is highly acid or highly alkaline. The conditions allowing kidney stones to form are created by problems in the way your body absorbs and eliminates calcium and other substances. Sometimes the underlying cause is a metabolic disorder or kidney disease. Certain drugs can also promote kidney stones, such as Lasix (furosemide), Topomax (topiramate), and Xenical, among others. Many times, it is a combination of factors that create an environment favorable to stone formation. Most kidney stones contain crystals of multiple types. However, usually one type predominates, and determining the type helps the doctor/laboratory identify the underlying cause:1. Calcium stones. The most common type (four out of five cases)is usually in the form of calcium oxalate. Oxalate is found in some fruits and vegetables, but your liver produces most of your oxalate. If you are found to have oxalate stones, your doctor may recommend avoiding foods rich in oxalates, such as dark green vegetables, nuts and chocolate. 2. Struvite stones: Found more often in women, these are almost always the result of urinary tract infections. 3. Uric acid stones. These are a byproduct of protein metabolism.They’re commonly seen with gout,and may result from certain genetic factors and disorders of your blood-producing tissues. 4. Cystine stones. Represent a very small percentage of kidney stones.These are the result of a hereditary disorder that causes your kidneys to excrete massive amounts of certain amino acids (cystinuria). If you are menstruating and if the stone is causing haemorrhaging, then the blood loss may well show slightly greater, depending on the amount of haemorrhaging that is taking place. However, you should bear in mind that the total amount of blood lost due to the normal monthly period is usually less than 80ml. The amount of blood loss due to your kidney stone is unlikely to be as great as this under “normal” circumstances.


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