are kidney problems in the genes

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Hi everyone.

Im just looking for information on a kidney issue.

My wife was born with one kidney, she only found out age 23.

What i want to ask though, is this genetic. Should i be concerned about my kids kidneys?

It never really bothered my wife through her life and was only discovered in the end by chance when investigating another medical matter. But i think if there is a chance my kids might have just one kidney i think id like to know asap.

Thanks, dan.

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    Hi Dan

    I, too have one kidney - although born with two, one was removed in my early teens and it was then revealed that it hadn't worked since birth. I rang the National Kidney Federation yesterday with a query about my Chronic Kidney Disease and high blood pressure and, as I had just read your post, I thought I'd put your question to them at the same time. Their answer was that it wasn't genetic but just 'one of those things'. Hope that helps. Interestingly though, my cousin's daughter has three kidneys!


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    MrsO thanks very much.

    That has helped alot.

    I also didnt know someone could have 3 kidneys.

    Thanls again, i really appreciate it.

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    I don't know if you're still looking in but following our recent posts, did you see Piers Morgan's programme with Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet last evening? Martin Kemp has 3 kidneys whilst his brother, Gary, was born with one. Amazing!

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    hi again,

    no i didnt see it- il try to catch a repeat tho because it sounds interesting.

    It makes me a little more concerned and interested tho as i have twin sons, so it makes me wonder further about the whole situation.

    Thanks again


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    My grandma was born with kidney, and so was I..
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