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How can I live a normal life if I have only one kidney?

In general, most people with a single, healthy kidney have few problems. However, some long-term problems have been seen.

In some people who were born with a single kidney, or had a kidney removed, there is a chance of some slight loss in kidney function later in life. This usually takes 25 years or more to happen. There may also be a chance of having higher blood pressure later in life. However, most people with one kidney live healthy, normal lives. In other words, one healthy kidney can work as well as two.
About one in 500 people are born with a single kidney. Usually this is because the other kidney did not form normally. You can live a perfectly normal life with one kidney and, in fact, many people with a single kidney are unaware of the fact that they only have a single kidney.

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