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Kidney Conditions related to:

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a very serious condition that can lead to numerous heart conditions. It is the force that blood is exerting on blood vessels as it flows throughout the body. Regularly checking your blood pressure is important in the event there is a problem that needs treatment.

NIH Blood Pressure Article

Diabetes

Diabetes refers to several diseases in which the blood sugar levels in the body are higher or lower than they should be. This is caused by the body’s inability to create or utilize insulin, a chemical that balances glucose levels. Treatment of diabetes is important to maintain an active life, as well as a proper diet to maintain blood-sugar levels.

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Nephritis

Nephritis, greek for kidney, describes the inflammation of the kidneys or their surrounding tissue. It is often caused by toxins, infections, and autoimmune disease.

Cystic Disease

Cystic disease refers to a large group of developmental, hereditary, and acquired conditions. There are over 40 sub-types, ranging from innate to late life acquisition.

Kidney Stone Disease

Kidney stones are hard, mineral crystals that form in the urinary tract or kidney. The stones can be incredibly painfull to expell from the body, and sometimes require medical treatment of pain or special drugs that help pass the stone. Dehydration, gout, and certain medications increase the likelihood of having kidney stones.

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Treatment of Kidney Disease:

Dialysis

Dialysis is a medical treatment that replaces the function of your kidneys when they are no longer able to support your body. This treatment is only used when the kidneys are at 10-15% functionality. Dialysis removes waste, salt, and extra water from the blood, while allowing safe levels of important nutrients and minerals to remain.

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Hemodialysis

Hemodialysis is a common treatment of advanced kidney failure. An advanced dialysis treatment, hemodialysis includes a strict schedule of dialysis, medications, and dietary restrictions. Despite near total kidney failure, hemodialysis allows patients to continue their active, daily lives.

Home Hemodialysis

Hemodialysis can be a time consuming ordeal. Mercer Kidney Institute offers several options, including home hemodialysis, which allows even better quality of life with the same high-level of treatment. Be sure to consult with your doctor about the advantages of home hemodialysis.

Peritoneal Dialysis

Peritoneal dialysis is a much less common form of dialysis that involves using the peritoneal layer of the abdomen as a filter. The treatment is less expensive than hemodialysis and can be performed at home, allowing patients to see their doctors less often.

Transplant Management

Medical transplant management before and after a transplant is aimed at preventing complications due to transplanted kidneys. There are various complications that can occur when an organ is transplanted, make sure to consult your doctor about these when discussing a transplant.

Complications of Kidney Disease:

Anemia

Anemia is a blood condition where the low health of one’s red blood cells does not allow oxygen to be properly carried throughout the body. There are numerous forms of anemia, with the loss of blood being the most common cause.

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Heart Disease

Heart disease refers to a series of diseases that are either innate or develop with age. The spectrum includes heart rhythm problems, coronary artery disease, and heart defects. These conditions can lead to chest pain, heart attack, or stroke and must be treated immediately.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a serious condition that may lead to several heart conditions. It describes the force that blood is exerting on blood vessels as it flows through the cardiovascular system. Regularly checking your blood pressure is crucial in the event there is a problem that needs treatment.

Mineral and Bone Disorder

The kidneys provide a number of services to the body, including maintaining proper levels of phosphorus and calcium in blood. When the kidneys fail, these levels drop and bone decay can occur. Consult with your doctor about treating your bones during dialysis or hemodialysis to ensure your bones stay healthy.