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Q: What is urology?
A: Urology is a branch of medicine that deals with the kidneys, ureters and bladder.
Q: What is UTI?
A: UTI is urinary tract infection. Any infection starting from kidney or ureter or bladder is known as UTI.
Q: Why is UTI more common in females?
A: UTI is more common in females because of shorter urethra. In males, longer urethra gives flushing effect of urine which actually sterilizes the system. This is not possible in females because of shorter urethra.
Q: Do I have a kidney stone?
A: If you develop a sudden onset of severe lower flank pain which radiates downwards and associated with fever, chills, vomiting and burning micturation, then the possibility of kidney stone is high.
Q: Can diabetes and hypertension affect kidney?
A: Yes, uncontrolled diabetes and/or uncontrolled hypertension adversely affect the kidneys. So diabetic and hypertensive patients are at risk of kidney disease if they fail to control them.
Q: What is kidney failure?
A: The main function of kidneys is to excrete waste products from the body via urine. So, when the kidney fails to perform its function, waste products of the body damage other organs. This is a life threatening condition.
Q: What is dialysis?
A: It is a procedure done by a dialysis machine. It is done in kidney failure patients where kidneys fail to excrete body waste. In this process, the entire blood is filtered to remove body wastes.
Q: What are the symptoms of prostate enlargement?
A: If your urine stream is not proper, you feel more pain and pressure while passing urine, urine dribbles more with feeling of incomplete voiding, then the possibility of prostate enlargement is more.
Q: What is the difference between BPH and prostate cancer?
A: BPH is benign prostatic hyperplasia. In this prostate enlargement is seen due to aging and this is 100% benign. While in prostate cancer, prostate enlargement is cancerous.
Q: Why is my urine reddish orange?
A: Most common cause for reddish orange urine is dehydration. Dehydration causes concentrated urine which gives urine this Color. Certain drugs like multivitamins, anti tubercular drugs can also cause urine discoloration.
Q: Does prostate cancer run in the family?
A: Yes, prostate cancer strongly runs in the family. So, if you have a family history of prostate cancer, you should do regular check up in the form of PSA (prostate specific antigen) and ultrasound prostate.
Q: Is it possible to transplant a kidney?
A: Yes, kidney transplant is possible. It is the ultimate treatment for kidney failure patients.
Q: What should I do to prevent kidney disease?
A: One should maintain hydration, avoid unnecessary use of painkillers, do regular blood reports for kidney function, maintain diabetes and hypertension in control.
Q: What blood tests should be done to diagnose kidney diseases?
A: Blood reports like creatinine, urea, Sodium, Potassium, urine Routine and Microscopic examination, ultrasound KUB (kidney ureter bladder) should be done.
Q: What causes blood in urine?
A: Blood in urine is known as hematuria. Urine gives frank red color. This should be confirmed by urine microscopic examination. Most common cause for this is a kidney stone.