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Urinary System

Kidneys

Can a person survive with only one kidney?

Most people can live normal, healthy lives with one kidney. Data gathered from individuals who have donated one kidney showed that the remaining kidney retains good renal function. After extended periods of time, slow changes in a person’s health may occur. These changes include high blood pressure, proteinuria (excessive protein in the urine), and reduced glomerular filtration rate (GFR), the rate at which the kidneys remove wastes from the bloodstream.



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