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Category Archives: Dialysis
Dialysis has been around for 50 years. Yet, in all this time, doctors still don’t know for sure what causes the excessive skin itchiness or dryness suffered by many dialysis patients. Common theories, such as elevated phosphorus or parathyroid hormone, … Continue reading
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) often suffer from anemia, an insufficiency of red blood cells. Anemia results when failing kidneys do not make enough of the hormone erythropoietin (EPO). EPO stimulates bone marrow to produce red blood cells needed … Continue reading
At age 21, I was diagnosed with PKD (polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disease). I now have five children, and with each pregnancy, I had complications, including kidney stones and hypertension. Fast forward to age 43, when my kidney function … Continue reading
Patients with kidney failure often rely on life-saving dialysis for survival. Unfortunately, first-year mortality rate for individuals starting dialysis in the U.S. is over 25%, according to the U.S. Renal Data Service. Only half of dialysis patients survive beyond 3 … Continue reading
Those of us dealing with chronic kidney disease (CKD) know it’s no walk in the park. CKD causes numerous internal complications, substantially raises our risk for cardiovascular-caused death, and often progresses despite control efforts. Science has established with certainty that … Continue reading
Obese individuals (over 35% of people) are often rejected as kidney transplant recipients largely because of their increased risk for surgical complications and adverse outcomes compared to normal-weight individuals. Transplant centers typically use body mass index (BMI) to determine whether … Continue reading
My son Brian was born with kidney failure due to a birth defect called posterior urethral valves. He was expected to be stillborn or to die shortly after birth. Thankfully, he only needed a vent for a few hours and … Continue reading
Fabry disease is an inherited disorder that causes kidney disease, as well as heart and gastrointestinal problems, and can progress to end-stage kidney disease if not controlled early. A primary problem, though, is that many doctors don’t recognize the … Continue reading