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Possible kidney disease in 12 year old???

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  • Posted By: tgarza
  • February 7, 2007
  • 03:56 AM

My 12 year old son has been experiencing lower left sided back pain for 3 weeks. I took him to the pediatrician who ran blood and urine tests. The abnormal labs are as follows: 24 hour urine: 465 mg protein,
Bun: 20mg, Creatinine: 0.7mg, Bun to Creatinine Ratio: 29. I know these are not normal, but no one seems to be able to tell me what could be going on. We have an appointment with a nephrologist in 3 weeks, but any information anyone has would be greatly appreciated.

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  • So sorry to hear your son has not been feeling well. I am female 34 yrs old and was diagnosed with kidney disease at 8-9 yrs old. Before I was diagnosed I had several infections and spent many times in hospital hooked to iv's and given meds. At this point, please do not get yourseld overly upset. Unfortunatly, your little one will be put through some testing before any diagnosis can be issued. None of these test are painful, unless they have something out now for boys that I haven't heard of. One they will do is a CT with contrast dye. They will run x-rays while the fluid goes through his urinary tract. This will show if there is any blockage anywhere. Most of the test are diagnostic, blood and urine. Is tis his first time with a problem like this? Does he by any chance have a fever? One main problem with my kidneys is that my ureters going in ( & coming from) both kidneys are deformed. This causes urine to remain in my kidneys and eithr cause infection or stones, which I have had 9 of. I have always led a basically normal life. Always a little more caution with strenuous sports and such. I'd average an infecction 3 times every 2 years. When I was little I would go to hosp. for 1 week, get iv meds and then come home. Now that I am older, with infection or stone, trip to ER, maybe 1 - 2 days in, 2-3 meds and I am back to normal in 1 1/2 weeks. The one thing be very glad about is that you do have a son. The big interference of having this disease and being female is pregnancy. I did go into kidney failure during my pregnancy, had 12 operations on kidney between 22-25 weeks preg. Daughter is fine but my kidneys cannot endure another pregnancy. Well I hope I gave you a little insight and help. Good luck at your appointment with the nephrologist. And remeber, if he /she doesn't order any diagnostic tests, ask to have them done or find another Doc. Let us know how things go. You'll be in my prayers and take care.
    miserableMOE 52 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 07:06 PM
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  • Thank you for your response. You are very kind to be so thoughtful. I will let you know how the nephrology visit goes. By the way, his pediatrician called today to inform me that his ANA came back positive, but shes not sure of the signifigance. If you have any thoughts on this, please let me know.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 08:09 PM
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