Hello! I am a 28 year old male and relatively healthy but I was born with one kidney and I’ve always been curious as to whether or not it effects my adrenal functions. Since technically, I only have one adrenal gland and all, will it effect my hormones level? Such as my cortisol, catecholamines, and adrenal androgens? Thanks!

You only need one adrenal gland to have full functioning of your adrenal axis. It is also possible that you could have an adrenal gland, even if you were born without a kidney on one side. It is likely that you have all normal adrenal hormones.

For additional information about living with one kidney, please visit our website at: https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/onekidney

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