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Atrophic Kidney?

4 years ago I was rushed to the ER with severe abdominal pain in my left side. An ultrasound and an MRI were performed. The cause for the pain was never found, but the MRI did pick up that my left kidney is severely atrophic and barely functioning. I was referred to a urologist. The urologist performed a test where I was injected with dye and another MRI/X-ray was performed. He confirmed that my left kidney was indeed severely atrophic but that my right kidney was functioning well enough to make up for the lack of function in the left. He did not perform any other tests and wasn't able to pinpoint the cause. He suggested that it may be congenital, though I had never heard this from any of my other doctors growing up, even though I did suffer numerous bladder infections and wet the bed until my teenage years. He advised me "not to get into a car accident" but other than that had no other answers for me and asked me to return in one year. 4 years have gone by and with no insurance I have not been back. My question is this, could this just be something congenital and nothing to worry about, or is it important that I continue to seek a reason as to why my left kidney is so atrophic?
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hi im regina..10 years ago i had the some  thing happen to me..now 8 months i had a kidney transplant..go looking for a doctor because soon u get help is better..good luck to u
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Hi.  I have the same thing.  My right kidney is atrophic and does not function at all, but my left does the work of both.  In fact, it is slightly enlarged to make up for the difference, which is perfectly normal, according the the nephrologist.  I take an ace inhibitor (low dose) to help keep the kidney from having to work so hard.  I've had multiple doctors and specialists recommend the same.  I'm like you, though.  I'm not convinced that it's congenital, but that's what the doc assumes.  I aldo had lots of kidney infections as a child.  I am concerned because my bp is increasing now and continues to be high despite my low dose ace inhibitor.  I am concerned that there really was a cause for the atrophic right kidney, and what if the same thing is happening to my left causing my bp to go up?  I'm having a renal ultrasound and lab work done this week, but is that the right test?  My family doctor is the one who ordered the test.  Any updates or changes in your situation?  Any other information you can provide?  Thanks, and I hope all is well with you.
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hi, I was just informed last week that my niece has one underdeveloped kidney (severely) and one overdeveloped kidney. I understand that the underdeveloped kidney has more than likely caused the other kidney to work harder and thus the reason it is over developed. However, I was wondering what might cause this. She had some blood work done today and has another sonogram scheduled for Wednesday. We have no history in our family of kidney problems other than kidney stones (my two brothers get them), so I was wondering what may cause this type of issue. She has no symptoms and doesn't frequently have UTI's, they actually found it by chance (she went in for a sonogram for a mass in her stomach, but dissipated before the sono, mother figured she would have it done to just to be sure. Everything I look up is usually found at birth because there are other symptoms, she is 12 with no symptoms does anyone have any idea where I can look to learn more detail about this type of thing and what causes it. I am so worried I have to do something and  research is usually my thing. :)
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My left is atrophic and I am told it is because I had so many infections and made so many stones.  I am having a renal scan because I am now diabetic and they need to know more about this issue.  Good luck!
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Unfortunately, I had my renal scan last Friday and today was told my left kidney is not functioning.  I guess the severity and frequency of the infections have taken their toll. I will be having my left kidney removed as soon as they can arrange it.  It's scary because I have diabetes.  FOr now, I need to focus on the immediate problem. Getting thru this.
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i also have been told lately i have a significantly smaller kidney but docs have just left it at that i am worried as to wether i should leave it or ask doc to check this problem out further i didnt think it was serious but now i think i should find out more as i am diabetic & my dad had renal trouble to.
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Wow you just discribed me. Infections as child,bed wetting..except they found mine 6 years ago while looking at a bad gallbladder. They also sent me a urologist who did a couple of tests, said my left kidney was working enough that if something happened to the right i wouldnt have to go dialialis(sp?)  and I never seen him again. I was told by one doctor that over time it would stop working. I just starting seeing another urologist who had me do more testing to see how the kidney is working. Im curious on long term what will happen if does stop working, or if its going to cause problems. the radiologist did say my right kidney which is larger to compensate for the left one is working great. Ive done good so far though. I was told ive had this since i was about a year old.
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To All,
   There are numerous causes of kidney disease, with a growing incidence of healthcare induced CKD. Either way, any nephrologist worth a damn knows there is one goal, to preserve remaining kidney function, if there is function left to preserve. You can treat the cause of your kidney disease if you know the cause. If your Nephrologist, having yet to diagnose the cause, is faced with declining function and does not order a B-I-O-P-S-Y, then he is a coward and is most likely covering for one of his/her colleagues. Don't wait for that to happen, even if they can't find what caused it, they can get a good idea of why. Best of luck to all of you.

ShirleyP
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