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.
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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:
Severe or difficult to control hypertension
Recurrent urinary tract infections
Diabetic renal disease
Renal artery stenosis
Polycystic kidney disease
Acute kidney injury
Carrollton Regional Medical Center 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
For advanced kidney disease, kidney transplantation services are available at Carrollton Regional Medical Center, part of Carrollton Regional Medical Center All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth and Carrollton Regional Medical Center – Temple.