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Why is my right kidney smaller than the left one?

Tuesday, 18 August 2009
Answered by: Dr Vijay Kher
Chairman,Division Of Nephrology and Renal Transplant Medicine, Kidney and Urology Institute,Medanta – The Medicity, Gurgaon
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Q. Is there any problem if the size of one kidney is smaller than the other?

A.  Right kidney is usually 1 cm. smaller than the left kidney. Differences of size greater than 1.5 cm. may be due to dysplasia (developmental defect in the kidney while the baby is in mothers womb), or due to pyelonephritis (infection of the kidney which commonly occurs in early childhood) or due to narrowing of kidney artery supplying blood to the kidney.

A.  Right kidney is usually 1 cm. smaller than the left kidney. Differences of size greater than 1.5 cm. may be due to dysplasia (developmental defect in the kidney while the baby is in mothers womb), or due to pyelonephritis (infection of the kidney which commonly occurs in early childhood) or due to narrowing of kidney artery supplying blood to the kidney.

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