Posts Categorized: Nephrology

I’m Starting Dialysis: What Can I Expect?

Your kidneys have the vital job of filtering and eliminating waste from your body, and if the kidneys are damaged in any way, they lose some of the ability to function properly. Dialysis is a treatment that helps replace some of these lost functions of the kidneys, and is usually needed for patients in the... Read more »

Nephrology vs Urology: What’s the Difference?

Pap Smears Because nephrologists and urologists can treat kidney-related conditions, it can be easy to confuse the services of a nephrologist for the services of a urologist. These specialties of medicine often overlap, and you may need to see both for the same condition. So, how are they different, and when should you see one instead of... Read more »

How to Maintain Healthy Kidney Function

Kidney The kidneys are vital to your body’s ability to process and remove waste, and keeping them healthy is important for your body’s long term health as well. Complications in the kidneys can affect other organs or tissues, and in some severe cases, they can be fatal. Protecting the kidneys and keeping them healthy is something... Read more »

What is Lupus Nephritis?

There are two primary types of kidney disease: acute kidney injury (single instances of lost kidney function) and chronic kidney disease (consistent loss of kidney function over three months or longer). There are a number of diseases that can lead to chronic kidney disease, and many of these originate elsewhere in the body. One example... Read more »

What is Renal Hypertension?

High blood pressure (also called hypertension) affects 75 percent of American adults. Hypertension can be caused and affected by several diseases and conditions throughout the body, including kidney disease, pregnancy and tumors. One condition, for example, is called renal hypertension, or renovascular hypertension. This refers to high blood pressure caused by kidney disease or kidney... Read more »

Hereditary Kidney Disorders: Polycystic Kidney Disease

There are diseases all over the body that can be partially or completely prevented by making certain lifestyle choices, but there are also conditions that are present from birth and cannot be prevented. These are called hereditary conditions, or inherited conditions. The kidneys can be affected by both lifestyle choices and genetics. Many forms of... Read more »

What is Diabetic Nephropathy?

Kidney The organs and tissues in the human body are connected in many ways. In fact, conditions that affect one part of the body can actually be the cause or risk factor of diseases in other parts of the body. Heart disease can cause varicose veins, a condition of the legs, and diabetes can affect various... Read more »

Kidney Stones: What are They and How are They Treated?

The kidneys help our body filter and remove the waste it no longer needs. When the kidneys aren’t functioning properly, that waste can build up. These buildups lead to different complications and conditions, and one of the most common are kidney stones. Kidney stones are tiny, hard deposits of minerals that form inside your kidneys... Read more »

What Causes Kidney Disease?

The kidneys are in charge of eliminating waste from our bodies. This waste removal is a process the body needs every single day to prevent harmful waste from damaging other organs and tissues. When the kidneys are damaged, these wastes stay in the body. This can cause everything from brief swelling to death if left... Read more »

What You Need to Know About Kidney Transplants

Bone Density Scan The kidneys are vital organs in the body responsible for filtering out waste and preventing many infections and basic diseases in the body, and this is a function that the body simply cannot go without. Without this filtration system, the body is exposed to several potential problems. For this reason, when kidneys lose their ability... Read more »