RENAL COLIC – WHAT SHOULD WE KNOW?
Renal colic is a condition that can occur to anyone, without a previous cause of manifestation. This spasm is characterized by extremely intense pain that occurs suddenly and completely unexpectedly, most often in the lower back, where it is strongest. The patient remains restless with nausea, less frequent regurgitation, abdominal distension, possible sweating and traces […]
WHAT’S THE LINK BETWEEN CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE, DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a partial or complete reduction of kidney function and it has five stages, where stage 5 is called renal failure. The disease progresses slowly and is determined by the extent to which kidney function is reduced. In its initial stages, CKD is asymptomatic. Often, patients do not even know they […]
WHAT IS KIDNEY DYSPLASIA?
Kidney dysplasia (Renal dysplasia) is a defect in the intrauterine development of the kidneys, which means that one or both kidneys have abnormal appearance (cysts, increased amount of connective tissue, etc.) and impaired function. IS THIS CONDITION COMMON? The condition occurs in 1:1000 to 1:4000 live births. It may go undiagnosed when only one kidney […]
HISTORY OF DIALYSIS TREATMENT – INTERESTING FACTS
Historically, Dr. Willem Kolff is considered as the father of dialysis. This young Dutch doctor constructed the first dialyzer (artificial kidney) in 1943. The path to creating this innovation for its time began in the late 1930s when he worked in a small ward at the University Hospital in Groningen, the Netherlands. The idea of […]
FULFILLED LIFE WITH ONE KIDNEY – IS IT POSSIBLE?
The kidneys play an extraordinary role in the overall activity of our organism. They perform important functions that keep us healthy by filtering waste and excess fluid from the blood. They also maintain optimal levels of electrolytes such as sodium, calcium and phosphate, control blood pressure and participate in the synthesis of hormones that are […]
BLOOD PRESSURE AND KIDNEY FUNCTION
Arterial hypertension (AH), also known as high blood pressure, is one of the most common chronic diseases. It occurs when blood moves in the arteries under greater pressure than normal. Blood pressure usually rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage the heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a […]
SALT INTAKE AND KIDNEY FUNCTION
Table salt, commonly referred to simply as salt in everyday life, is a mineral composed mainly of sodium chloride, a chemical compound of the salt group. In nature, it occurs in the form of natural crystals, as well as dissolved in seawater – the ocean has a salinity of 3.5%, which is equal to 35 […]
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VIRAL FLU AND COLD
Seasonal flu is caused by influenza viruses that circulate in all parts of the world. During this season, staying healthy is pure luck. Unfortunately, this fact is not encouraging at all for those who are more susceptible to infections, among whom are patients with chronic kidney disease. The flu and the common cold are very […]