Hi. I'm new and don't know where to go I guess? I have stage 3 ckd. My April ultrasound measured my kidneys around 10 cm each. My May ultrasound measures them at 16 cm, roughly, each. No hydronephrosis. Any ideas?
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replied May 29th, 2016
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The normal kidney function - Measured as GFR (Glomerular filtration rate) is above 90.

A GFR of 30-45 is a indicator of Stage 3 CKD . The treatment in this phase is mainly control of blood pressure and other risk factors and symptomatic treatment.

A GFR of 15 -29 % indicates Stage 4 CKD (Severe reduced kidney functions) during which steps to manage the final or last stage are started. Such steps include Dialysis or planning for renal transplantation.

A GFR lower than 15 is Stage 5 - or End stage renal disease or established Renal Failure.


The normal kidney size of an adult human is about 10 to 13 cm (4 to 5 inches) long and about 5 to 7.5 cm (2 to 3 inches) wide.

Usually there is no reason, that people with CKD (chronic Kidney disease), undergoing proper and effective treatment cannot lead a near normal life.

The treatment of CKD depends on the underlying condition, and the presence of issues and severity of proteinuria, hypertension, etc.

Only in severe conditions, where the kidney disease is progressing rapidly, does the life expectancy is reduced.

Even in such cases, regular dialysis and procedures like renal transplantation can help to prolong life.


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