Category Archives for Urinary Tract

Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney Disease (PKD), also known as polycystic kidney syndrome, is a genetic disorder of the kidneys, caused due to the presence of multiple cysts or fluid-filled sac-like structures. These cysts result in the kidneys becoming enlarged and interfere with their normal functioning. This disease causes damage primarily to the liver and pancreas, but in some cases, it could even damage the heart and brain. The kidney acts as an excretory organ and when someone has PKD, the kidney cannot...

Bladder Infection Symptoms

Inflammation of the urinary bladder and urethra are known as UTI (urinary tract infection). There are actually two types, cystitis and urethritis. Their symptoms are similar though. Bladder Infections Signs One of the early warning signs is that urination becomes more frequent. In most cases urination becomes painful (this condition is called dysuria). Nearly half of women with UTI experience fever. There is usually some minor pain in the lower back or sides. In more serious cases, the pain is...

Kidney Infection Symptoms

This ailment is actually a complicated form of UTI (urinary tract infection). The signs and symptoms are the following. Not all of them may appear at the same time. Kidney Infection Signs One of the early symptoms is a dull ache at the back. The pain intensity isn’t constant though, and some can be intense while others just a throbbing sensation. There is an occasional stomach ache without diarrhea. High grade fever occurs and the patient feels physically drained and spent. There is also a sense...

What Causes Kidney Failure?

What is the kidney The kidneys play key roles in the body function, not only by filtering the blood and getting rid of waste products, but also by balancing levels of electrolytes in the body, controlling blood pressure, and stimulating the production of red blood cells. The kidneys are located in the abdomen toward the back, normally one of each side of the spine. They get their blood supply through the renal arteries directly from the aorta and send blood back to the heart via the renal veins to...

Kidney Disease Symptoms

There are numerous ailments that can affect the kidneys. Both the doctor and patient need to be aware of the signs so correct treatment can be administered. Kidney Disease Signs There are different kinds of ailments that may arise. These include chronic kidney failure, analgesic nephropathy and kidney cancer. Other possibilities are nephritis and renal disease. All of these will exhibit their own symptoms. However there are major and minor signs that are present in most cases. These will include...

What Causes Kidney Stones?

Definition A kidney stone is a hard mass developed from crystals that separate from the urine within the urinary tract. Normally, urine contains chemicals that prevent or inhibit the crystals from forming. These inhibitors do not seem to work for everyone, however, so some people form stones. If the crystals remain tiny enough, they will travel through the urinary tract and pass out of the body in the urine without being noticed. Kidney stones may contain various combinations of chemicals. The most...

Kidney Pain

Injuries and infections can lead to kidney pain, which is marked by one-sided and dull pain particularly in the upper back part of the body. Urinary symptoms and fever are some of the symptoms of this severe pain condition, which usually affect the right, left, lower and even the upper parts of the kidneys. For a better understanding of this medical condition, it is good to focus on its symptoms, diagnosis, treatments as well as causes. Kidney Pain Symptoms There are many symptoms of kidney pain,...

Kidney Failure Symptoms

The kidney can falter acutely or chronically. An acute failure can be cured. Chronic failure can be fatal. Both however, need to be diagnosed by a doctor immediately. Kidney Failure Signs Chronic failure can stem from injuries or infections. The acute type is caused by diseases. When it fails, toxins can no longer be taken out of the body. Those with acute failure will have swollen hands and feet. The blood pressure goes up. This is accompanied by dizziness and feelings of nausea. Among the major...