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What does a hole in the kidney mean Does that have anything

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What does a hole in the kidney mean??
Does that have anything to do with bladderstones?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 6 years ago.
Typically this is not what is meant by a "hole" in the kidney. Great question by the way.
A lot of chronic renal disease is caused by inflammation for various reasons. The basic unit of the kidney is the glomerulus, which is where the blood is filtered. There are 1000s upon 1000s of these units that take blood in, filter it and take blood out. Inflammation can eventually cause holes in the membrane of the glomerulus, called the basement membrane and protein [albumin for example] can leak through. Thus chronic renal disease puts protein into the urine as it is leaking through the tiny holes in the glomerular basement membrane.

The kidney in general would have nothing to do with bladder stones unless urine obstruction were causing a pressure back up and a swelled kidney, called hydronephrosis.

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