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Can someone live with one kidney? If so, how far?

Can someone live with one kidney? If so, how far?

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Asked by Howard Reyes, Last updated: Apr 02, 2021

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C. Bernthal

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C. Bernthal
C. Bernthal, Teacher, MA, P.hD, Seattle

Answered Dec 21, 2018

Yes of course, it is possible to live with just one kidney. People with one kidney live a healthy and normal life. In fact, there are many people in our world today, living with just one functioning kidney.

It is possible to be born with one kidney. A person may have donated one kidney to a person who needed a kidney transplant. A person may have had one kidney removed as a result of an injury or cancer.

A person with one kidney can live essentially the same as those with two kidneys. This is because the remaining kidney has the ability to compensate for its missing counterpart.

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