When is one kidney not enough?

Kidney Int. 2009 Sep;76(5):475-7. doi: 10.1038/ki.2009.244.


Most renal failure in children results from congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUTs). Sanna-Cherchi et al. predict that by 30 years of age, nearly 50% of patients with a solitary kidney would be receiving dialysis. This outcome differs markedly from that of renal-transplant donors, who have no increased risk for renal failure. Because morbidity from CAKUTs may not develop until adulthood, these patients should be closely followed throughout life.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Birth Weight
  • Child
  • Disease Progression
  • Humans
  • Kidney / abnormalities*
  • Kidney Diseases / etiology
  • Urinary Tract / abnormalities*