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Have you seen my shoes, Dad?

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I don’t know about you, but my kids could never find things…. ‘Where are my shoes, Dad’? They would yell, as they stormed around slamming doors. ‘Wherever you left them’ was my standard answer, of course! (They were always under the sofa, btw….)

When I was doing my diagnostic ultrasound training, I would sometimes struggle to find one of the kidneys with the ultrasound scanner, but sometimes a kidney really isn’t there, because the patient only has one kidney. One of the problems with this is that the single kidney that is present is often a bit quirky: large, situated somewhere weird, and imperfectly constructed. This single kidney may be more prone to infection, and an infection of the kidney will often create low back pain, which is sometimes what brought the patient in to see us in the first place!

Patients with only one kidney are more prone to developing high blood pressure, so this will need to be monitored. Your kidneys are very important, so sometimes patients with one kidney are told to avoid contact sports, in case they damage their one kidney.

Statistically, Abingdon will have about 31 people who only have one kidney!

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