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Learn More About Kidney Disease
One in nine Americans – or approximately 20 million people – suffers from one of several forms of chronic kidney/renal disease according to the National Kidney Foundation. Another 20 million face an increased risk. At Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas we have a large team of nephrologists (doctors who specialize in kidney and renal disease) on the medical staff and have been nationally recognized for excellence.
Kidneys filter the blood, removing waste from the body and helping maintain its proper chemical balance. In addition, the kidneys produce:
Many medical conditions, diseases or injuries can lead to a loss of kidney function or even chronic kidney failure.
Many forms of kidney disease do not show symptoms until later stages. Some warning signs include:
If you have some symptoms of kidney disease, your physician may order tests to assist in your diagnosis.
People with end-stage renal (kidney) disease have two treatment options: dialysis or kidney transplantation. The decision to have a transplant is one that patients will make along with the advice of their nephrologist.
Dialysis can be a lifesaving treatment, but it involves dependence on a hemodialysis machine or on peritoneal dialysis exchanges (machines that clean your blood and replace the function of your kidneys). For many people, the quality of life on these two types of dialysis is unsatisfactory and kidney transplantation provides another lifesaving option that can improve one’s quality of life and remove the barriers of dialysis.
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