Overview of Kidney Disease
One in nine Americans – or approximately 20 million people – have one of several forms of chronic kidney disease according to the National Kidney Foundation. Another 20 million are facing an increased risk.
Kidney disease is any disease or disorder that affects the function of the kidneys. Kidneys filter the blood, removing waste from the body and helping maintain its proper chemical balance. Because the warning signs of kidney disease can remain silent for years, it's important that you get regular checkups.
Read this story about a surprise kidney disease diagnosis and a son's life-saving kidney donation.
Kidney Conditions Treated
Some kidney conditions may require treatment by a nephrologist, a physician on the medical staff who specializes in kidney care. Some common conditions treated include:
- Kidney infections
- Severe or difficult to control hypertension
- Recurrent urinary tract infections
- Diabetic renal disease
Renal artery stenosis
- Electrolyte disorders
- Obstructive/reflux nephropathy
Polycystic kidney disease
- Interstitial nephritis
- Acute kidney injury
- Abnormal urinalysis
Kidney Disease Treatments
Baylor Scott & White offers a full range of service to treat kidney disease. Treatments include:
- Citrate anti-coagulation for a no-heparin dialysis
- Hemofiltration for drug overdose
- Continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration (CAVH) for acute renal failure
- Continuous venovenous hemofiltration for kidney dysfunction accompanied by low blood pressure
- Renal Biopsy
- Nutritional changes
Specialized Centers for Kidney Disease
For advanced kidney disease,
kidney transplantation services are available at Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple.