Our nephrologists treat people with a variety of kidney diseases, including those who have lost function or who must rely on dialysis or a kidney transplant.
Kidney diseases are disorders that affect the kidneys; the two organs that remove waste products, produce certain hormones, and regulate the level of chemicals in blood.
There are two types of kidney disease; Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Acute Kidney Disease (AKD). CKD occurs when the kidneys stop working and never regain function. This is also referred to as End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). This condition may be caused by an underlying medical condition (ie. diabetes or hypertension) or heredity factors may play a part in CKD. Patients with CKD have two different types of treatment options: dialysis or transplant.
AKD is caused by an unexpected event that damages the kidney. This may be due to some type of poisoning, severe infection, or trauma. Dialysis may be implemented in these patients to manage the potential cause, but in most cases kidney function is eventually restored.