How do you know if kidney size is abnormal?
In order to know if your kidney size is normal or not, you must go and see a doctor and have your kidneys checked via ultrasound or x-ray. The doctor will then measure whether or not it is abnormal or not.
What happens if the kidney size is abnormal?
If a person’s kidneys happen to shrink or grow in size, that usually results in several health issues.
A person is diagnosed with hydronephrosis when they show signs of:
- Feeling pain in the back and sides that may extend to the lower abdomen.
- Feeling nauseous and vomiting
- Urinary problems (frequent urination, painful urination)
- Infants that fail to thrive
A person is diagnosed with kidney atrophy when they show signs of:
- Feeling pain in the abdomen, back, belly, and sides.
- Feeling pain while urinating.
- Frequent urination.
- Itchy skin
- Loss of appetite
- Muscle cramps
- Swelling hands and feet
- Uncomfortable feeling in the kidney area
If hydronephrosis is left untreated, the person may risk developing permanent kidney damage. Kidney atrophy on the other hand can put a person at risk for kidney disease and kidney failure (if kidney atrophy occurs in both kidneys).
If a person gets diagnosed with kidney disease they can develop complications such as: