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Kidney Atrophy

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 17, 2007
  • 10:55 PM

I had a CT Pet Scan of the lung performed in August of 2006. This was a full body scan ie(skull-thigh). I have a pulmonary nodule that increased in size during a 3 month period. My pulmonary doctor suspected lung cancer. Fortunate for me there was no lung cancer.

It was stated in the radiologist report from the pet scan that I had end stage kidney atrophy of the right kidney. My pulmonary doctor never discussed these findings with me. I assumed that my pulmonary doc sent my PCP a copy of the pet scan. I also assumed that since I did not hear from my PCP about my Pet scan results that all was fine. (never assume)

Two months after the Pet scan I went into my PCP's for a flu shot. I took a copy of the Pet scan results and gave them to my PCP. Just in case he never got the report. I wanted to know what is atrophy of the kidney.

Needless to say my PCP was very upset that the other doctor did not discuss all the results of the scan with me. My PCP immediately ordered a BUN/Creatine blood work. The BUN/Creatine results were negative. My kidneys are working fine.

I was in to see my PCP a few weeks ago and I asked him if the Kidney Atrophy was a closed book since the blood work came back negative. My PCP said that the book would remain open and that I would need to get the BUN/Creatine done every 6 months.

My question is why would a radiologist state that I have kidney atrophy, end stage to boot and the blood work results were negative? I am very confused here. Did the radiologist make a mistake reading the pet scan results or did the lab make a mistake in the blood work. Now I have this on my medical record adding to a list of pre-existing conditions that I already have.

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  • Atrophy of kidney means that your kidney is relatively smaller or obviously shrinks. The size of kidneys is up to age, gender, height and body 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 kidney unites are damaged, 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, improving and controlling renal atrophy are 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.more information about kidney atrophy in http://www.renalfailuresite.com/diagnosis/286.html
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