Kidney Health

Kidneys filter impurities, waste, and excess water out of the blood and body. It is important to maintain the kidneys' health, as they can be damaged by hypertension, uncontrolled diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Kidney damage can lead to malnutrition, nerve damage, and bone weakness.

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Should a kidney condition be treated before angioplasty and amputation of the left leg due to gangrene?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has developed gangrene in her left leg, which pains a lot when she walks for more than two minutes, from past two weeks. So, we got an MRA of the leg, which showed no blood circulation in the left leg. As a result, the doctor suggested an angioplasty and amputation. She is ...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. During any procedure like angiography or angioplasty, dyes are used which may harm the kidneys. There is a risk, but it is high for people having pre-existing kidney disease. If you mother has kidney disease, then she may require dialysis, before and after the procedure...  Read Full »

Can high RBC count cause blood in urine?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an annual health checkup recently. My RBC count was high, will this cause blood in urine? And my eosinophils, ESR, and calcium levels are high. What needs to be done? I currently take BP and cholesterol medicines.  Read Full »


Dr. Akash Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, I want to really appreciate that you go for regular health checkups. Most of your health parameters are within normal range except a few. Regarding calcium, your calcium levels are marginally over the limit, and should not be considered high. The calcium...  Read Full »

My mother is having vesicoureteral reflux. Is it a life-threatening condition?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has vesicoureteral reflux, which was diagnosed 20 years ago. At that time, her left kidney was functioning 27 % and her right kidney 72 %. She is getting tired and she is a heavy drinker and smoker. Should I be concerned for her? She does not want to see a doctor. Is her cond...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Suresh Kulkarni

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is strongly advised that your mother gets a kidney function tests like serum creatinine, blood urea, and nitrogen. She should at least try to reduce her smoking and drinking, as it would further contribute to the worsening of the kidney function. If possible, she shoul...  Read Full »

My 12-year-old son has a complex cyst in his kidney. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 12 years old. Last week we found out that he has a complex cyst in his kidney. I am so worried and cannot wait until I see a urologist next week. So, I want to show you the ultrasound images and get your opinion on it. The GP said that he has a complex cyst and this scares me ev...  Read Full »


Dr. Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity) you sent, it looks like a hilar lesion, but it is still not causing any pressure effects. I would need further investigations as follows. CT scan of the abdomen and KUB (kidney, ureter, and bla...  Read Full »

Is it possible for Lithium and Ibuprofen interaction to result in neurological toxicity?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 27-year-old female. I have been taking Lithium 1200 mg for five years. Last year, I got an injury and it required regular pain management. So I was told to take Ibuprofen at a maximum dose. Within a week, I developed ataxia, muscle weakness, and spasticity, memory loss, polyuria...  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.It is purely drug to drug interaction and it is well known with lithium. In fact, lithium interacts with many drugs and it is one of the drugs having a narrow therapeutic index. The symptoms of lithium toxicity can develop even with the absence of kidney damage as they are ...  Read Full »

I am concerned about the growing lesion in my left kidney. Kindly give your opinion.

Query: Hi doctor, I have Li-Fraumeni syndrome. My concern is the growing lesion in my left kidney. The lesion has been moderately growing since three years in my left kidney. Although it is suggestive of angiomyolipoma, I feel quite nervous because of my genetic condition. I have received my final MRI rep...  Read Full »


Dr. Shahil Khant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports sent by you (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The lesion in the left kidney, which is increasing in size, is of concern and we should rule out malignancy. It is not an acute emergency, but you should consult your urologist and plan...  Read Full »

Should my friend opt for heart surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, My relative has got heart attack some days before. I have his reports. We need a second opinion about surgery whether he should go or not. His presenting complaint includes chest pain and high blood sugar. He is under diabetes medicine.  Read Full »


Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kidney function tests of your relative are deranged (attachment removed to protect patient identity). His serum creatinine levels and potassium levels are high. What do you mean by surgery? Is that open heart surgery or stenting? However, the surgery c...  Read Full »

Does excessive intake of potassium chloride cause cardiac arrest?

Query: Hi doctor, By mistake, I had potassium chloride powder of one teaspoon today, just before an hour. When I checked on the internet, it says that it may cause cardiac arrest. How true is that? What should I do now to avoid any side effect?  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you do not have any kidney dysfunction, then there is nothing to worry. One teaspoon will give potassium equivalent to around 50 to 60 meq and for which our body has capacity to excrete that if there is no previous kidney and cardiac complaint. It may cause acidity, so...  Read Full »

How do nephrolithiasis and soft tissue calcification vary?

Query: Hi doctor, The findings of my 12 year old daughter's x-ray showed a cluster of 3 mm density overlying the right kidney, which may represent soft tissue calcification versus nephrolithiasis. I would like to get a clear understanding of the difference between soft tissue calcification and nephrolithi...  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Somani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Nephrolithiasis means kidney stones and soft tissue calcification means any part of renal parenchyma gets high deposits of calcium and show up in x-ray. I want to know the reason for x-ray done. Is she having pain in the flank or burning sensation in urine or fever or vo...  Read Full »

Why does my oxygen saturation level go down if I reduce the steroid dose?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 59 year old male. I had kidney stones problem for nearly eight years. I had multiple operations such as right pyelolithotomy and left ureterolithotomy to remove stone during that period. Now, after 20 years, I got a sudden pain and my ultrasound detected kidney stone. I had a CT s...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivekanandan G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is good that you remained without any major stone episodes for more than 10 years. Your creatinine level is normal (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which is good. You can wait and follow up every three months with ultrasound for stones. The best would ...  Read Full »

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