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Kidney size and position

The kidneys are located near the back and are the size of a clenched fist

Your kidneys are about the size of a fist. This person with her hands on her back shows both the size and approximate position of the kidneys. Note that the left fist is slightly higher than the right.

Diagram of the kidneys that show them to be located high in the abdominal cavity

The kidneys are located high in the abdominal cavity, partly protected by the lowest rib bones, one on each side of the spine. The right kidney is slightly lower and smaller than the left one, and is placed slightly more to the middle, to make room for the liver.

A walk through showing where your kidneys are yourself 

If you place your hands on your hips with fingers pointing forwards and thumbs backwards, then press with your thumbs, your thumbs will be very close to your kidneys.

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