Category Archives: Nephrectomy / One kidney

In May, I had a kidney removed due to cancer. I am a private pilot and need a normal kidney function test to fly. What are my new normal ranges with one kidney so I can send to the FAA? Thanks.

The normal function for a single kidney depends on your age and your body muscle mass. The normal for a single kidney estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) would be in the range of 50 to 70 milliliters per minute per … Continue reading

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Hello Doctor, I am 29 years old, male and born with a single kidney. Last month, I had fever. When doctor checked my blood report, my creatinine level was 2.0. Now it is came down to 1.7 but it is not coming down from that level. So I want to know why my creatinine level is not coming down and what is the normal creatinine level for patient born with a single kidney? Also please suggest diet I need to follow for future, if required. I am also confused because my marriage also finalized. So, do I need to tell this problem to my girlfriend and her family.

There are many people who are born with a single kidney and in most instances, the serum creatinine will remain less than 1.0 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl). In some cases, it may be higher. The best thing to do is … Continue reading

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I had an emergency kidney removal shortly after I was born (in 1984), and have lived with one kidney since then. I’m wanting to take care of my kidney and live a healthy life. What are the guidelines for Coffee, Alcohol, and Soda/Pop consumption for a person with one kidney? I usually drink a couple cups of coffee a day, drink 0-2 sodas a day, and rarely drink alcohol. Also, are there any foods I should avoid? I do know I should avoid NSAIDS.

There are no specific precautions to be taken by someone with one normal kidney.  There are many people in the world living with one kidney and experiencing no specific complications.  I always advise “all things in moderation”.  You should not … Continue reading

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Sir, one of my kidneys was non functional since birth and was removed in 2013. I have one kidney, which is functioning good. In Islam Ramadan is very important. Can I fast from dawn to evening without water and for one month? Please, on behalf of god, please tell me its fine for me to do fast or not? Please tell me the precautions as well.

Fasting during Ramadan, from dawn to dusk, should not pose any problem for your single kidney. I would suggest that you limit salt intake during Ramadan and avoid adding extra salt to food at the table or in cooking. I … Continue reading

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How much water should a 56 year old man drink per day after losing one kidney to cancer?

With a single kidney, you do not have to change your water intake. You should drink if you are thirsty and stay well hydrated. I suggest you monitor your urine color and drink enough fluid so that your urine stays … Continue reading

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I am a 28 year old healthy male with one exception, I only have one kidney. I had a kidney removed this past September of 2017 after running a couple of tests and figuring out that it had 0% functionality. When I was 10 years old I had severe pain on my right kidney, the one that was removed, and ended up having an operation to clear out a blockage at the base of the kidney. My left kidney is 100% functional and I’ve never had any issues with it. My question is, is there anything I need to do to my diet to maintain my healthy kidney as long as possible? Thank you.

No special diet is needed to maintain a single healthy kidney. Many people live long and healthy lives with a single kidney. In general, I am a strong advocate for the DASH diet. You can review the DASH diet at: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/dash-eating-plan

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I was a donor in 2002 and now have 1 kidney and have to pee more frequently than before. Is this common?

Yes, removal of a kidney and lowering kidney function often result in an increased frequency of urination. This is a common symptom in patients with single kidney function.

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I had my right kidney removed approx 2 years ago due to cancer. It was contained and I have had no signs of re-occurrence. My question concerns cholesterol. Pre-surgery I had normal range cholesterol. Recently my cholesterol blood tests were very high, even though I have not changed my diet. Can having just one kidney affect cholesterol levels? My doctor started me on statin 6 months ago, and my total cholesterol is now 174 (down from 310). But I still have high triglycerides (183), and my LDL-P has more than doubled in 6 months to 3008. Is there a relationship between having one kidney and cholesterol? Thank you.

I am not aware of any reason that removing one kidney should cause any change in your cholesterol. You should continue to monitor both your kidney function and your cholesterol. High cholesterol can cause problems for your remaining kidney and … Continue reading

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Age 4 RT nephrectomy for blocked ureter caused kidney damage, no problems. Now age 61, coronary artery disease do 11/2018 many cardiac meds. 2017 GFR 70 pre cardiac meds. 10/2017 GFR 60, 11/2017 GFR 50, 2/2018 GFR 40, 3/2018, 50. Yesterday I asked my primary doctor if I should see nephrologist, he said no. I think I should investigate cause of decline with nephrologist. What do you think? His reasoning, they would just tell me to eat a low NA diet and keep BP down. What do you think?

There is a considerable variability to your estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). This seems a bit unusual. You have a single kidney and one of your kidneys was removed as a child. Hence, your expected kidney function with a single … Continue reading

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I recently learned through a CT Scan and an MRI that I have no left kidney, the scans show no tube leading up either. However, there is “remnant fossa” on the left side. My gastro doctor did NOT inform me of this before or when I had my gallbladder out. I only learned through medical records. I made a huge fuss (all the meds I have been on some were dangerous to the kidney!) My gastro sent me to a nephrologist friend who tested me for some autoimmune diseases and couldn’t find anything in blood markers. I am still worried! The only advice he gave me was to go to my annual appointments and get blood tests, and not participate in dangerous sports, ride motorcycles, etc. He also told me to avoid NSAIDS. My blood levels are on the high side of normal. I have been having lots of side pain. But he says basically just live my life. I am on gabapentin for trigeminal neuralgia and I don’t trust this doctor’s advice. He didn’t even mention the gabapentin. Should I see a different nephrologist?

If no kidney tissue is present in the left kidney area, then you may have been born without a left kidney. There is no treatment for this. This is a finding that is often discovered incidentally while looking for something … Continue reading

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