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    Bilateral Renal Atrophy
    mmy2009 posted:
    I have been looking up bilateral renal atrophy and can't seem to find any information on it. All I find is renal failure. Are they both the same? Can someone help me out?
    John-SKPT responded:
    Renal atrophy is a physical description of what the organs look like on xray or ultrasound, sometimes commonly called shrunken kidney.

    Renal dysfunction or renal failure is a very broad description of what is going on with the biological processes related to the kidneys.

    What neither of these names suggests is what the underlying cause might be: poor blood flow to the kidneys is a common factor that causes kidneys to shrink or atrophy, but even that does not really tell what the root cause is: arteries and arterioles can be narrowed by effects of diabetes, cholesterol or atherosclerosis of the larger arteries in the body, long term high blood pressure, chemical or drug damage, even auto-immune conditions or severe or chronic infections.

    So treatment really depends on the root cause that is reducing blood flow to the kidneys and causing the tissue to gradually stop functioning, and that leads to the atrophied appearance.
    Lisag1963 replied to John-SKPT's response:
    I was dx with chronic kidney bilateral renal atrophy and I'm stage 3 And GFR is 33 was 36 .11 days will I need Dyalisis soon?

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