Floating Kidney (Movable Kidney)

In some people the kidney is more freely movable than normal, usually when there is a general dropping (or visceroptosis) of the abdominal organs due to weakness of the muscular abdominal walls. The condition is more often seen in women who complain of aching in the loins, with nausea, vomiting and constipation. The kidney on the right side is more commonly affected. The kidneys have usually some degree of movement during the act of breathing, and this mobility may be greatly increased so that the whole organ can be pushed freely about inside the abdomen. The condition may be discovered by accident in the first place, when the patient is perhaps being examined by a doctor for some other reason. One-third of all cases of floating kidney have no symptoms, in which case no treatment is necessary.

Occasionally, sudden attacks of severe pain occur, and blood may be passed in the urine; in such attacks the kidney may become twisted, or the ureter kinked, and such attacks are apt to be recurrent; they are often called a ‘Dietl's crisis’.

Treatment. Operation is seldom necessary. In Dietl's crisis the patient should be kept warm in bed, and given sedatives. The foot of the bed should be slightly raised, and warm bottles should be applied to the abdomen. Occasionally, surgical fixation of the kidney is undertaken but it is not always successful.

A specially designed abdominal belt with a rubber pad to support the kidney may be advised, but these belts are of doubtful value. In thin patients a fattening diet will help to increase the fat around the kidney and thus support it.

Similar of Floating Kidney (Movable Kidney)

Kidney Care - Kidney & Bladder Support Formula

Viable Herbal Solutions understands today's issues regarding better health and well-being, and we offer you the benefit of our personal, technical &

Kidney Transplant Surgery

Kidney Transplant Surgery In this type of renal replacement, a kidney from either a living or a brain-dead person is placed surgically into the renal failure patient. Only one kidney

Metabolic and Congenital Kidney Disorders

Kidney abnormalities can be anatomic or metabolic in origin. Many are hereditary and present at birth (congenital). Renal Tubular Acidosis Renal tubular

Kidney Disease

Kidney Disease There are increasing numbers of cases of Kidney disease are being seen, perhaps similar to trends seen elsewhere in the world. This most probably is due to the

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones usually form in the centre of the kidney, where urine collects before flowing into the ureter, the tube that leads to the bladder. They are


The kidneys are bean-shaped excretory organs in vertebrates. Part of the urinary system, the kidneys filter wastes (especially urea) from the blood and excrete

Kidney Dialysis

Kidney Dialysis When a patient has a mild kidney failure where the serum creatinine is less than 400 umol/L, he does not require renal replacement therapy such as dialysis or



Post new comment