A 28-year-old woman who experienced severe pain and discomfort whenever she stood up discovered she was suffering from an odd condition. This condition is known as nephroptosis, or floating kidney. In other words, her right kidney fell down when she changed positions. The strange illness is more common among women and people with few body fat.
The woman felt a ball rolling down inside her
The woman said the discomfort started about six years ago, when she suddenly experienced severe pain in the abdominal area. Also, whenever she moved or stood up, she felt as if a ball had been moving inside her and dropping down. It turns out something was really dropping down inside of her, as her right kidney fell from its place.
These symptoms had been less acute during her pregnancy. She underwent a series of tests, where nothing seemed wrong at first. Since the symptoms remained acute, the doctors decided to run a few other tests. This is how they finally noticed she was suffering from floating kidney, meaning that her right kidney was falling two inches below its normal position.
The floating kidney was treated through a complex procedure
The floating kidney condition needed immediate treatment, so she had to undergo a special procedure. Through this procedure, called nephropexy, doctors brought the kidney back to its place and tied it to the body so it won’t fall again. Now, she claims she is healthy and has got rid of the pain.
Floating kidney is really common among women, and especially among those who are really thin. This usually happens because there’s not enough fat in the body to support the organs. However, this doesn’t mean men are spared from the condition. In some cases, floating kidney exhibits no symptoms until the condition gets severe enough.
Researchers performed a case study on this woman, and published the study in the journal BMJ Case Reports.
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