Atrophy of kidney means that your kidney is relatively smaller or obviously shrinks. The size of kidneys is up to age, sex, height and weight of the person. Long-term kidney disease will do damage to the kidney units. As the necrosis and hardening of kidney units, the kidneys will become smaller in size. As the kidneys atrophies, the renal function declines as well. When the patients' kidneys become smaller, the disease has already or inevitable developed into Renal Failure or Uremia. Therefore, in order to treat kidney disease, to improve and control atrophy of the kidneys is very important.
What causes the atrophy of kidney?
Atrophy of kidney can happen to single or bilateral kidneys. In general, there are several factors which can cause the atrophy of kidney. When notice your kidneys is smaller, first you need to consider whether it is due to congenital renal dysplasia. Then you need to consider whether you are suffering from kidney disease or your disease has developed into end stage, such as Renal Insufficiency, Uremia, Acute Glomerular Disease, Diabetic Nephrosclerosis, rejection reaction of kidney transplant, Chronic Glomerulonephritis, renal cortical necrosis, Alport Syndrome, acute renal tubular necrosis, Hypertensive Nephrosclerosis etc.