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Man who went to hospital with back pain found to have three kidneys

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A man in Brazil who went to hospital with back pain was found to have not two but three kidneys.

A man in Brazil who went to hospital with back pain was found to have not two but three kidneys.

Doctors made the unusual discovery while investigating the 38-year old's herniated disk with a CT scan.

They found his kidneys worked normally, a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine said.

"The scan incidentally showed the presence of three kidneys: a normal-appearing left kidney and two fused kidneys in the pelvis," the report said.

Doctors who treated the man at Hospital do Rim in Sao Paulo said the mutation is "not uncommon" and typically doesn't cause any symptoms.

They say it likely develops in the womb.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/health-news-man-with-three-kidneys-found-at-hospital-brazil/f0140666-031e-4705-ab14-da6b15d933dc

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