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   Posted 9/6/2011 4:01 AM (GMT -6)   
my girlfriend is 33 and has lupus. She was born with only one kidney, but it's larger than a normal one she says. The problem is her kidney has started going into failure. Should I be more concerned about her welfare than someone with two kidneys? I've done some research on lupus but I'm not a doctor. I just need to know if my concern should be more, less or the same.

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   Posted 9/6/2011 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jaymes. How long has her kidney been acting up? Is she seeing a nephrologist? Is it the lupus attacking the kidney or another cause?
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   Posted 9/6/2011 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Since she only has 1 kidney, I would say your concern should be more. But can concern really be ranked?

With kidneys, there is labwork that defines the amount of failure occurring - a nephrologist should be measuring, monitoring, and treating!
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