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Kidney Cancer

Most cases of kidney cancer are found when a person has a scan for a reason unrelated to their kidneys, such as stomach or back pain. Fortunately, most cases of kidney cancer are found early, when a cure is possible, according to Keith Kowalczyk, M.D., a urologist at Medstar Georgetown in Washington, D.C. “Up to 80 percent of cases are found when someone has an MRI, CT or ultrasound for some...

Kidney Stones

A concise review of kidney stones for newly diagnosed patients, including symptoms and treatment.

Kidney Stones

A comprehensive patient guide explaining the symptoms, causes and treatment of kidney stones.

Did You Know? Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small, hard mineral deposits that form in the kidney. They may stay in the kidney or travel down the urinary tract. The medical term for kidney stones is nephrolithiasis. The medical term for stones occurring in the urinary tract is urolithiasis. Each year, more than 500,000 people visit emergency rooms for kidney stone problems.Kidney stone disease is one of the oldest and most ...

Ectopic Kidney

Most people are born with 2 kidneys. Factors can sometimes affect how the kidneys develop. An ectopic kidney is a kidney that does not grow in the proper location. Information here will help you talk with your urologist if you or your child has an ectopic kidney. What Happens Under Normal Conditions? Male Urinary Tract Medical Illustration Copyright © 2015 Nucleus Medical Media, All rights r...

Kidney Transplant

A kidney transplant is one of the most common organ transplant surgeries performed today. In this surgery, kidneys that aren't working well are replaced by a kidney from a donor. Kidney transplants have been performed since the 1950s. This surgery is a lifesaving choice for thousands of patients with endstage kidney disease (kidney renal failure). If you have kidney failure and cannot have a tran...

Kidney Stones

Urine has many dissolved minerals and salts. Stones may form when urine has high levels of some of these minerals and salts. Kidney stones may start small and not cause any issues at first. However, kidney stones can grow larger in size, even filling the inner hollow structures of the kidney. Some stones stay in the kidney, and will never cause any problems. Kidney stones can travel down the urete...

Kidney Cancer

Cancer is when cells in the body grow out of control. These cells can form a tumor or damaged tissue. If cancer cells grow in the kidney, it is called kidney cancer. More Parts of the kidneyImage © 2016 Fairman Studios, LLC. The most common kidney cancer in adults is renal cell carcinoma. It forms in the lining of very small tubes in the kidney. Cancers found in the center of the kid...

Preventing Kidney Stones

In this Urology Care Podcast episode we explore kidney stones prevention, including diet and medication tips to prevent future stones.

Understanding Kidney Cancer

Kidney cancer, also known as renal cancer, is cancer that forms in the kidneys. The kidneys are a pair of bean-shaped organs that are about the size of a small fist and sit on each side of the spine, above the waist. Their primary job is to clean the blood and produce urine to rid the body of waste. Kidney cancer is among the 10 most common cancers in both men and women; however, a person's lifet...

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