Nephrosclerosis (disorder)

Also called: Renal disease

Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of your fists. They are located near the middle of your back, just below the rib cage. Inside each kidney about a million tiny structures called nephrons filter blood. They remove waste products and extra water, which become urine. The urine flows through tubes called ureters to your bladder, which stores the urine until you go to the bathroom.

Damage to the nephrons results in kidney disease. This damage may leave kidneys unable to remove wastes. Usually the damage occurs slowly over years. There are no obvious symptoms, so you don’t know it is happening.

Many things can cause kidney disease. You are at risk if you have

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • A close family member with kidney disease

Your doctor can run tests to find out if you have kidney disease. If your kidneys fail completely, a kidney transplant or dialysis can replace the work your kidneys normally do.

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

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One comment on “Nephrosclerosis (disorder)
  1. meg torgerson says:

    I was dignosed with nephrosclerosis several years ago because my creatanine level was slightly elevated. I have never had high blood pressure. My BP usually runs 125/76 or near that, however two weeks ago I had a steroid injection into my neck and they said my blood pressure was pretty high, but I was stressed out about this injection, so they blamed it on that. I am going back to the hospital tomorrow for another injection, if my BP is high again what should I do? I see a nephrologist once a year only and is all he does is make me have blood test a few days before and talk to me about my creatinine level and how much it has gone up. Somehow I thought it was all the medications I was on that caused this. For many years, like five, I was on eleven meds for depression. There were sleeping pills, anti depressants, anti psychotics, mood stabilizers and sleeping pilld. Somehow I was led to believe that zyprexa was the problem. Years after I was diagnosed with nephrosclerosiszyprexa caused my blood sugar to go up and it was so little I needed no insulin and a few days after going off zyprexa my BS returned to normal. The only other thing they tried was to put a stint in, no sucess! Should I get a new doctor who can explain it to me better? Do I have cancer? I read about malignant nephrosclerosis. Help!

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