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Should an Atrophic Kidney Be Removed in Kidney Disease

2013-04-21 16:53

Atrophic kidney refers to diminishing of kidneys in size.It is often seen in advanced kidney disease.Should an atrophic kidney be removed?

Causes of atrophic kidney in kidney disease

Each kidney is composed of about one million nephrons.In right condition,the kidneys can filter blood and remove wastes from body. There are major two causes of atrophic kidney in kidney disease including loss of nephrons and reduced blood supply to kidneys.

There are different conditions which can cause loss of nephrons.Hydronephrosis occurs when the urine can not be drained out of body normally.Accumulated urine can cause increased pressure to nephrons,thus resulting in loss of nephrons.Inflammation of kidneys can cause the fibrosis and scarring of kidney tissues.Necrosis of kidney tissues can lead to atrophic kidney.

Additionally,if thrombus forms in renal artery,the blood will not be able to get into kidneys,it will cause atrophic kidney.Kidney stone also can affect the blood supply to kidneys,which can attribute to atrophic kidney in kidney disease.

As the kidneys reduce in size,they will fail to work adequately.As a result, a myriad of symptoms will occur.So it is important for the patients to seek for an aggressive treatment.

Should an atrophic kidney be removed?

Should an atrophic kidney be removed in kidney disease? If the renal cells are necrotic completely, it can be removed. However, if the kidney still has residual renal function,alternative treatment should be used to treat the condition.If proper treatment is used, the atrophic kidney can be enlarged and has an improvement in function.

In consideration of the causes of atrophic kidney, the treatment goals should include increasing blood supply to kidneys and restore the impaired nephrons.However,there is no such a solution in western medicine.

TCM is an alternative treatment for atrophic kidney. It can increase the blood supply to kidneys and stimulate the self-regeneration of kidney tissues, thus enlarging the kidney and improving renal function.

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