What is a nephrologist?

A nephrologist is a doctor who has been trained in the diagnosis and management of kidney disease. The nephrologist manages kidney disease by regulating blood pressure, regulating electrolytes, balancing fluids in the body, and administering dialysis. Nephrologists treat many different Read more about What is a nephrologist?[…]

What causes kidney failure?

The primary causes of kidney failure are diabetes, hypertension, HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, lupus, illicit drugs (i.e. cocaine), medications (i.e. diuretics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics), low blood volume, dehydration, urinary obstruction (kidney stones), prostate disease, urethral narrowing, among others

Is anemia associated with kidney problems?

Yes. The kidneys produce the hormone erythropoietin. Low levels of this hormone (which may happen when the kidneys fail) generally result in anemia (low production of red cells).

What is dialysis?

Dialysis is the process of filtering the accumulated waste products from the blood of a patient whose kidneys are not functioning properly, using a dialysis machine. Dialysis treatments replace some of the kidney’s functions through waste removal and fluid removal. Read more about What is dialysis?[…]