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Is Enlarged Kidney Serious

Is Enlarged Kidney Serious  Kidney is an important organ for our body, but due to some causes, people may have a condition that their kidneys become enlarged. Sometimes, both kidneys are enlarged, and sometimes this juts appears in one kidney. While, is enlarged kidney serious?

What are the causes of enlarged kidney?

There are a number of causes for enlarged kidney, such as kidney cysts, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), tumor, hydronephrosis, alcoholism, etc.

As a matter of fact, if both of patient’s kidneys become enlarged, it is more likely to be caused by PKD, which is a genetic kidney disease. While if patient has simple renal cyst, that is more likely to cause one single kidney to be enlarged, but sometimes both kidneys can also become enlarged.

Besides, hydronephrosis is also a common cause of enlarged kidney, but this condition can be caused by many reasons, like kidney stone, congenital malformation, tumor, inflammation, etc.

Is enlarged kidney serious?

As we know, kidney is so important to our body that any little problem in kidney should be carefully.

On the other hand, some enlarged kidney is able to be reversed. While in some condition, this condition will progress slowly, which will damage patient’s kidney gradually, and it can not be reversed.

For example, if patient’s enlarged kidney is caused by PKD, patient’s kidneys will be enlarged slowly, and if there is not effective treatment, patient’s kidneys will become bigger and bigger, which will damage patient’s kidney structure, and cause kidney failure eventually. Thereby, this kind of enlarged kidney is dangerous.

On the other hand, if patient’s enlarged kidney is simple renal cyst, it will be able to be controlled just by surgery, and comparatively speaking, that is not serious .

While if enlarged kidney is caused by cancer, that will be dangerous, because there is no cure to this disease so far.

Thereby, whether enlarged kidney is dangerous or not depends on patient’s own condition, but no matter what is the cause, it is important for patient to accept effective treatment as soon as possible.

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