Nov 15, 2006
Dear Dr. Pierone, I am scheduled to have a nephrectomy of the left kidney this Monday. This is due to obstucted kidney from the narrowing of ureter as it joins renal pelvis. After a severe infection of the complete UT last year I learned that I have a deformed kidney from birth. The doctor told that this not an uncommon thing and that it is not usual for it to cause problems as one advances in years. I was going in every four months to have a stent replaced in the renal pelvis. As much as the thought of surgery scares me, I feel that I'd rather have this operation done and therefor end the life-long need of a cystoscopy every four months. I now would like to know of any links that there might be for imformation as to one's HIV/AIDS meds and their affect on the kidney. Since I will be living with just one kidney soon I would like to have as much information as to best protect its/my health in the future. My current coctail is: Viramune 200mg 1 bid,Viracept 250mg 4 bid, (and yes I know that that is not the normal dosage), and Ziagen 300mg 1 bid. I have been on this regimen for over six years. My viral load has been undetectable for all this time, with a slow but cosiderable increase in T cell count over the years; cosidering that I at one time had none. If you know of any links to sites with specific imformation as to meds and kidney function/health, kindly pass them on to me. Thank you, Donn
| Response from Dr. Pierone
Hello, and thanks for posting.
There are many people who survive and thrive with only one kidney so this should not be a problem for you. Your kidney specialist may have specific recommendations for you based on your overall medical situation. But in general, people living with one kidney are able to consume a regular diet and simply need to avoid medications with potential kidney toxicity.
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