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What precautions should a 5 years old child with a single kidney take?

Monday, 23 August 2004
Answered by: Dr. Naveen Atray
Asst. Professor of Medicine and Nephrologist,
Overton Brooks VA Medical Centre,
USA

Q. My brother's son aged 5 years old, underwent medical treatment for a kidney problem. Due to unavoidable circumstances they removed his right kidney because cancer had spread to his right kidney. Now his treatment is over and he is doing fine. But I am afraid regarding his future. Are there any restrictions for him (i.e. medicines, playing, working & eating)? Please advise me.

A.  If his remaining kidney is healthy and disease free, he may not have any problem all his life. According to some estimates, one in 5000-7000 person is born with a single kidney and leads his life without any problems. Thus, besides periodical medical exam, living healthy smoke-free life style (including regular exercise, weight and blood pressure control) and periodical blood pressure check and urine exam is all that I can recommend at this point.

A.  If his remaining kidney is healthy and disease free, he may not have any problem all his life. According to some estimates, one in 5000-7000 person is born with a single kidney and leads his life without any problems. Thus, besides periodical medical exam, living healthy smoke-free life style (including regular exercise, weight and blood pressure control) and periodical blood pressure check and urine exam is all that I can recommend at this point.

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