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Causes of Kidney Failure


Updated March 22, 2013

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Congenital Kidney Problems and Kidney Failure
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Normal Kidney Blood Flow

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Congenital Kidney Problems and Kidney Transplants

A congenital kidney abnormality is a problem with the kidney that is present at birth. Abnormalities range from abnormal structures, blocked urine flow, unusual position of the kidneys that impairs function, or even being born with only one kidney. If the problem is severe enough, kidney failure may result.

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