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What Side Of Your Body Is Your Kidney On?

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Ian Marshall answered
The normal kidney location is towards the back of the abdominal cavity, just above the waist. One kidney is normally located just below the liver, on the right side of the abdomen and the other is just below the spleen on the left side. This is why when they are infected pain is often felt in the lower part of your back.  In rare cases, however, one or both kidneys may be located much lower in the abdomen. This is not necessarily a problem except probably in the case of pregnancy. As the foetus begins to develop in the womb this could sometimes place pressure on the kidney which is located in the lower abdomen.

The kidneys are dark-red, bean-shaped organs. One side of the kidney bulges outward (convex) and the other side is indented (concave). There is a cavity attached to the indented side of the kidney, called the Renal Pelvis, which extends into the urethra.

Each Kidney is enclosed in a transparent membrane called the renal capsule; it is this renal capsule that helps to protect them against infections and trauma.  Additionally, the kidney is divided into two main areas:  A light outer area called the renal cortex, and a darker inner area called the renal medulla. Within the medulla there are 8 or more cone-shaped sections known as renal pyramids, furthermore, the area within these pyramids are known as renal columns.

The normal kidney size of an adult human is about 10 to 13 cm (four to five in) long and about five to 7.5 cm (two to three in) wide. It is approximately the size of a conventional computer mouse.  Additionally a kidney weighs approximately 150 grams. Kidneys weigh about 0.5 per cent of total body weight.
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Shirley McLean answered
You have two kidneys....and one bladder.  The bladder is what feels full when you feel the need to pee.  The kidneys are attached to the bladder via two tubes called ureters. They take waste from the kidneys to the bladder where you get rid of it through the urethra.(another tube).  The kidneys are located low in the body, and a kidney infection can actually feel like a low back pain, on one side or the other. The right kidney is located next to the liver, the left kidney is just sorta by itself.  The kidneys are nourished by renal arteries that come off the aorta, the main artery in the body.  Believe it or not, blockages at the origin of the renal arteries can cause high blood pressure.  So if you suddenly get high blood pressure, ask your dr. To ultrasound your renal arteries.

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