Kidneys remove waste products and excess water from the blood, and prevent toxic by-products from building up to harmful levels in the body. Kidneys also produce hormones that help the body absorb calcium and phosphorus to maintain bone health, stimulate bone marrow to create red blood cells and help regulate blood pressure.
Chronic kidney disease causes the gradual and often permanent loss of kidney function over time. Diabetic patients who have difficulty controlling blood sugar and blood pressure are particularly susceptible to kidney disease. Other risk factors include genetics, age, drug abuse, allergic reaction to antibiotics, premature birth, trauma or accident, and certain diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (a connective tissue disease), sickle cell anemia, AIDs, cancer, hepatitis C and congestive heart failure.
We diagnose and treat a number of diseases to help patients slow the progression of kidney disease:
- Acute and chronic renal failure
- Nephrotic syndrome
- Hematuria - Blood in the urine
- Proteinuria - Large amounts of protein in the urine
- Hypertension - High blood pressure Serum electrolytes and pH regulation disorders
- Complicated urinary tract infections
- Metabolic disorders affecting the kidneys