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Most people are born with two kidneys - bean-shaped organs located in the middle of the back, on either side of the spine. Each kidney weighs about five ounces and is about the size of a fist. One kidney, functioning at 20% capacity, can:

  • Clean your blood and remove waste products through the formation of urine
  • Balance fluids in the body by controlling water and salt concentrations
  • Maintain the balance of the body's chemicals (potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus)
  • Control blood pressure

Many diseases, like diabetes and high blood pressure, can cause your kidneys to malfunction, and may lead to kidney disease or failure.

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Anne Kozikowski

Our Patients. Their Stories. Anne Kozikowski

While Anne Kozikowski sees 13 different specialists at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Brooke Herndon, MD, serves as the center of her care team.


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Questions and answers about kidney disorders and transplantation

Many of the links below go to articles in our Dartmouth-Hitchcock Healthwise® Health Encyclopedia. Learn more about Healthwise® on our Health Encyclopedia page.

Kidney disorders and transplantation

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