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Born with One Left Kidney, Kidney Failure Stage 5

2013-01-13 16:33

Q:

I was born with only one kidney. I only have one left kidney but no right kidney. The doctor told me that I will need dialysis when I was 21 years old. I am now 30 and has developed into end stage renal failure. I went from stage 2 renal failure straight to stage 5 within in just half month. Any help would be appreciated!

A:

It is not rare in clinic to find those that are born with one kidney. This is mainly due to developmental disorder of the kidneys during fetal period.

Under normal circumstances, a healthy kidney suffices to maintain normal life activity and this will not affect patient’s normal marriage, giving birth to baby or their life expectancy.

However these people need to pay more attention in their daily life to protect their kidney function because they only have one kidney and all their renal tissues have to work and there are many factors in our daily life that can cause renal damages especially if the patient is born with some renal diseases such as congenital nephrotic syndrome, etc. In a word, we can only say that people born with only one kidney are more susceptible to kidney damages even though this is not definite.

In your current conditions, you need to have timely and effective treatments since you are now in the end stage of renal failure. The first step is to find out the underlying cause of your renal failure and rectify it such as high blood pressure, diabetes, glomerulonephritis or nephrotic syndrome.

Kidney transplant is definitely one effective remedy for patients with congenital one kidney. If there is no matching kidney donor, some herbal medicines can help protect your current kidney functions such as cranberry, horsetail, uva ursi, parsley, etc.

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