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Your kidneys are small organs that perform a big job in your body. They remove waste products from your blood to make urine. They also make hormones that create red blood cells, control blood pressure and keep your bones strong.
When something goes wrong with a kidney, it can affect the whole body. Early signs of kidney disease include high blood pressure, bloody urine or swollen feet and ankles. Without the right treatments, kidneys may stop working.
Fortunately, nephrologists (kidney specialists) at PeaceHealth help manage kidney problems. Our goal is to diagnose and treat you quickly, to help you avoid long-term problems such as kidney failure.
Find comprehensive care for kidney disease at PeaceHealth.
People with kidney disease often have other health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. Our complete approach lets you access a whole team of specialists who put your health first.
If your blood pressure is hard to control, we can track it 24/7 with a wearable device. Continuous monitoring gives a complete picture of blood pressure changes throughout the day or night. These may include times when you’re active, resting and sleeping. It also helps confirm whether new medicine types or doses are working.
Our hemodialysis unit is run by a team of nephrologists, nurses, dietitians and social workers. We also offer home training for continuous cycling peritoneal dialysis. This lets you have dialysis overnight, while you sleep in your own bed.
PeaceHealth offers robotic surgery to treat kidney cancer. Using a procedure called partial nephrectomy, our surgeons can remove just the tumor — not the whole kidney. This may also lead to fewer scars, less pain and faster recovery.
CKD is also known as chronic kidney failure. Over months or years, the kidneys slowly stop working. Symptoms get worse over time and may include nausea, fatigue, itchy skin and high blood pressure.
Electrolytes are chemicals inside your body. They include potassium, magnesium and calcium. If electrolyte levels become too low or high, you may have problems throughout your body. Symptoms include rapid heart rate, seizures or muscle cramps.
Glomeruli are tiny structures inside the kidneys that clean blood. When glomeruli become damaged, the kidneys can’t filter waste products well. Conditions include lupus nephritis, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Wegener’s granulomatosis.
Cancer that begins in the kidney is called kidney cancer or renal cancer. There are several types of kidney cancer. They include renal cell carcinoma, Wilms tumor and renal sarcoma.
Kidney failure is when kidneys stop working. During acute kidney failure, also known as acute kidney injury, the kidneys quickly shut down in a short time. During chronic kidney failure, the kidneys slowly shut down. The final stage of chronic kidney failure is called end stage renal disease (ESRD).
Kidney stones are hard objects made of calcium or other minerals that form inside the kidney. Large kidney stones can get stuck inside the urinary tract. This may cause severe pain, nausea or bloody urine.
Nephritis is another name for an inflamed kidney. Sudden inflammation may be caused by a bacterial infection or damaged glomeruli. Types of nephritis include interstitial nephritis, pyelonephritis and glomerulonephritis.
This condition causes the kidneys to release too much protein in the urine. It can cause electrolyte problems, high cholesterol and swelling in the face or body.
PKD is a genetic condition that causes noncancerous cysts to grow in the kidneys. These cysts can grow very large and keep the kidneys from working well.
These conditions harm the blood vessels in the kidneys, which may become narrow or blocked by plaque or a blood clot. Renal vascular disorders include renal hypertension, renal artery stenosis and renal artery thrombosis.