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Kidney Diseases

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02/24/2011

Question:

I have one kidney left kidney removed. The kidney that has been removed I still have some pain. Some times, but not all the time. But when I have pain my hands look swollen and my feet. I do drink alcohol only some weekends. Can it be my weight, 110kg, or what can it be?

Answer:

It is hard to answer this question without knowing how old you are, whether you are male or female, how long ago the kidney was removed, and why it was removed.  One possibility is that your remaining kidney is leaking protein, which can cause swelling of the hands and feet.  You should ask your doctor about this, and find out if your urine has been checked for protein. 

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Response by:

Mildred   Lam, MD Mildred Lam, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University