Re: What is shrinking kidneys
Wally & Patty,
I am told that kidneys are hardly ever equal in size. One is almost always smaller than the other. The key is in how much smaller one of the kidneys is. So, depending on the circumstances, and on the difference in kidney size, it may mean nothing at all, or it may mean damage to the kidney(s) from long term kidney disease. Some renal disorders, such as a narrowed renal artery, cause less blood to get to the kidney, which then shrinks as a result. When both kidneys have shrunk, it can mean that there is kidney disease present. There is also some natural shrinkage of organs and tissue (including the kidneys) from aging as we lose some of the cells.
What tests have you had? Have you been diagnosed with kidney disease?