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Medullary Sponge Kidney Chronic Kidney Disease

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i have been diagnosed with medullary sponge kidney chronic kidney disease. my nephrologist says it is no big deal and it is very rare for kidney failure and loss of kidney function and i have nothing to worry about. but the day before i spoke to him, i spoke to his np and she says i have 85% kidney function left. that sounds to me like i have had a loss of kidney function. does it sound like i could be part of the rare 10% that eventualy has kidney failue and is msk a big deal or not thank you j.white

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replied February 4th, 2010
Kidney Conditions Answer A9723
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem to be concerned about the course of Medullary Sponge Kidney(MSK) disease as diagnosed in your case.
MSK is a congenital condition of the kidneys with cystic dilatation of inner medullary and papillary collecting ducts. The disease usually manifests in the third or fourth decade of life and 90% patients remain asymptomatic and only 10% present with symptoms of kidney stones, UTIs and recurrent infections. These recurrent infections can lead to renal scarring and renal function compromise. Renal function is periodically assessed with GFR and creatinine clearance in chronic kidney diseases. Your information is not sufficient to say how much your disease has progressed and that can only be decided by your nephrologist after thorough investigations.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

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