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456645 tn?1208675971

Nephropotosis.....Kidney

Please Vanessa, please help me with some answers....I am told that my kidney is dropping and that is referred as Nephroptosis, what causes this Nephroptosis and why does it happen. Also what is the best way to rectify this, is there any medication or it surgery.  For some time i don't have any pain , would it be a problem if am pregnate.
I must say that i only feel the pain certain times of the day not all the time, esp when am standing. This is the only syptoms.  Thank you
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Avatar universal
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL

Hi,

Nephroptosis refers to a condition wherein the kidney "drops" or descends about 5 cm when the person is standing. This usually occurs in women. Body type seems to play a role since this usually affects slim women. This is said to be due to a problem with the thick membrane that covers or surrounds the kidney. The  perirenal fascia is a covering that envelopes the kidneys and provides stability and support to the organ.

Nephroptosis may be symptomatic. That is the more common signs and symptoms are flank pain, blood in the urine, formation of kidney stones and repeated urinary tract infections.

In your case, is this a confirmed case of nephroptosis ?

What examinations were done to establish the diagnosis?

Do you have other associated symptoms?
456645 tn?1208675971

Hello Vanessa,
Thank you so much for your quick respone...
well i had been having this pains on and off for about two years now, but it wasn't severe so i normally brush it aside. I had a scan and the doctor said he didn't see anything wrong, So last month i had the scan again by a diffierent doctor, he also didn't see anything wrong so that was when he made me do an X'ray...I V U. So this is the only examination i have done. I really don't have any associated symptoms but least i forget before the X'ray i had a urine lab done and i remember he said there were traces of blood but that was because i had just come off my period a day ago. so i had another urine lab done but this time he said he said an infection and gave me i think AMOKSIKLAV--- AMOXCILLNUM 625MG. TO tell you the truth during the week that  i was taking this drug, i was really feeling the pain more than before that i had to stop , it was left with 3 dose. For the past one month i have not felt any pain whatsoever. So bascially this is what has happened. I was also disturbed if i am gonna have any problem if i am pregnant.


TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS...1. THE X'RAY SHOWED THE KIDNEY DROP WHEN AM STANDNG AND ON A DIFFERENT POSITION WHEN AM LYING DOWN.

2. X'RAY---- I V U (WE DID AN HOUR POST)

3. THERE ARE NO ASSOCIATED SYMPTONS

I ALSO WHAT TO ADD THAT I HAVE NOT HAD A SECOND OPIONION WHEN THIS DIAGNOSIS WAS ESTABLISHED
Avatar universal
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL
Hi,

The most likely differential here is nephroptosis. A second opinion may help although I feel that  based on what you have posted this is likely to be a case of nephroptosis. Nephroptosis is diagnosed  based on IVU results done in both lying and standing positions which I think has been done in your case.

With regards to your pregnancy, the best person who can answer this may be your OB/GYN. At this point though I do not see nephroptosis as a contraindication to pregnancy. Although anatomic and functional changes in the body during pregnancy may also involve changes in kidney function and anatomy.
456645 tn?1208675971
Thank you so much for your response, i will keep you updated when there is any news or changes. I must add that am a christain and believe in miracles and i believe one is gonna happen to be when the kidney is going to lie at it normal position. Any time i have a question i will get back to you.GOD BLESS YOU
Avatar universal
I'm wondering about how a wandering kidney relates to constant feeling of urine infection and if there is anything to do about it. Also if a sense of dizziness and not getting enough air is related to a wandering kidney and how?

Thank you so much.
Avatar universal
I had 24 kidney infections back to back prior to my Nephropexy to reattach my kidney. Wandering kidney is called Nephroptosis the dizziness comes from your artery becoming kinked when the kidney falls, the kidney is then lying in your bowels and the urterer the tube that goes to your bladder is also kinked causing a back up of urine causing the kidney to swell... All of this is like a chain reaction causing all kinds of problems in your body.. My surgery was done twice due to my causing the kidney to tear off again they placed it in a mesh pouch and stitched it in the muscle in my back. John Hopkins Urology and George Washington Urology both times done by Dr. Jarrett chief urologist at both at the time of my surgeries it changed my life for the better.

good luck
Barb
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