Kidney Stones

Kidney stones, also known as Nephrolithiasis and renal lithiasis, are fairly common and up to ten in 100 people may get at least one stone in their lifetime. It is usually impossible to miss this condition due to its symptoms, but the exact meaning of the condition in terms of long-term health may depend on […]

Anemia

 If you have kidney problems, you may feel extremely tired and weak. If you have been especially tired, you may have a condition called anemia. Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body. Anemia (low blood count) should be treated […]

Polycystic Kidney Disease

There are several types of polycystic kidney disease (PKD). However, PKD usually refers to a genetic or inherited disease that is sometimes called “adult PKD” because it normally appears in adult life. A less common type of PKD occurs primarily in babies and children. In PKD, cysts, or fluid-filled pouches, are found primarily in the […]

Protein in the Urine

If a person is at risk or experiencing symptoms of kidney disease, a nephrologist will take a simple test for protein in the urine. Protein is an important building block in the body, and your kidneys normally reabsorb any filtered proteins. However, when your kidneys are damaged, protein leaks into the urine and an excess […]

Nephritis

What is nephritis? Nephritis refers to inflammation of one or both kidneys. It can be caused by infection but is most commonly caused by autoimmune disorders that affect the major organs. For example, those with lupus are at a much higher risk for developing nephritis. In rare cases, nephritis can be genetically inherited, though it […]

High Blood Pressure

Many people have hypertension, or high blood pressure, without knowing it. In the United States, about 50 million people age six and older have high blood pressure. Hypertension is more common in men than women and in people over the age of 65 than in younger persons. More than half of all Americans over the […]

Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease includes conditions that damage the kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy by doing the jobs listed. If kidney disease gets worse, waste can build to high levels in your blood and make you feel sick. You may develop complications like high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, […]