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Week of January 14, 2002

    Question:   I have recently been diagnosed with a Urachal Remnant and have been advised to have surgery to remove it. I am 29 and I live in Scotland and have the luxury of medical insurance so I am going private to have it removed...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I would like to know if there has been any recent research done on Medullary Sponge Kidney (MSK) as it relates to pain. Many sufferers of MSK are told by their medical professional that NO pain exists with MSK, yet, we as MSK patients, know that pain does exist and at times can be incapacitating. Since the MSK kidney is a defect within the kidney, has any study been done to determine why MSK patients feel so much pain when supposedly the Medullary portion of the kidney does not contain nerves? (Or does the MSK kidney, having a defect, actually have nerve endings?)    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer

    Question:   I have a close friend who underwent living donor kidney transplant surgery (recipient) in 1997. The transplant was a result of ESRD due to IgA nephropathy. He was told by his nephrologist a few days ago that his IgA nephropathy has now affected his transplanted kidney...    Dr. McLaughlin's Answer