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what is an enlarged kidney, what does it mean?

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As a child I had kidney reflux in my right kidney, which is now scared and doesn't function properly, earlier this year I was told I have poly cystic ovaries and now my left kidney is enlarged.
What has caused all this? And what is an enlarged kidney,in the long run what does it mean. I also suffer recurrent utis and the doctor has said my bladder doesn't empty properly.
And now my period is 2 week late

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replied December 22nd, 2011
Kidney Conditions Answer A29652
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

From the history, it seems that you had vesico ureteral reflux in your childhood, which might have resulted in progressive damage to your right side kidney and with time, it has lost its function.

It is common for the remaining kidney to increase in size, to compensate for the function of the non working side. But it needs to be evaluated with blood tests (kidney function tests) to know if the remaining kidney is healthy or not. Treatment may be needed to control conditions like proteinuria and high blood pressure, to prevent the remaining kidney from being affected.

With respect to the cysts in the ovary, they are common in women after puberty and in the child bearing age. But in case, your menstrual cycles are normal with respect to frequency, and bleeding patterns, then there is little to worry. In case you have menstrual cramps, excessive bleeding and / or irregular cycles, then you may need to consult with a OB-GYN for a examination and proper treatment.

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