What is the life expectancy following a radical nephrectomy?

Updated: Feb 05, 2019
  • Author: Richard A Santucci, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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After nephrectomy for unilateral renal disease, the opposite normal kidney undergoes compensatory hypertrophy, and the glomerular filtration rate is ultimately maintained at 75% of the normal value. Normal life expectancy can be achieved after a unilateral nephrectomy with a normal contralateral kidney.


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