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What causes a spongy kidney?
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frecklespintobean posted:
I have chronic kidney stones. Dr. said I have spongy kidney stones. What can I do to keep from having stones and what causes the spongy kidneys?
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John-SKPT responded:
The condition is inborn, even though it tends not to show up until age 20--40 or later.

The name can be a little misleading, since the kidney tissue doesn't really look 'spongy'; but the collecting tubules inside the kidney are dilated and therefore don't behave normally.

Fortunately is almost never progresses to renal failure; it's more a matter of managing potential infection and stones. I'm not really sure what the current practice for managing stones is; you need to ask the doctor about that.


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