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Part 1 General Information About Kidneys 1
Questions 1-8 cover basic information on the kidneys and their function, including:
What exactly do my kidneys do?
Where are my kidneys located?
Is the amount of urine I pass related to my kidney function?
Part 2 Diagnosis of Kidney Disease 9
Questions 9-22 are concerned with the signs and symptoms of kidney disease and how it is detected:
My doctor said I have tiny proteins in my urine. What's that about?
How is my kidney function measured? When should I see a kidney doctor if I have been told that I have kidney disease?
When should a patient with abnormal kidney function see a kidney specialist? Can my primary care physician take care of this problem?
Part 3 Hypertension and Kidney Disease 35
Questions 23-33 answer queries related to the connection of high blood pressure and kidney function, such as:
How common is high blood pressure (hypertension) in people with kidney disease?
My doctor was concerned that my kidney arteries are blocked. Why would she think that?
My blood pressure has been very difficult to control. If my blood pressure remains high, will this affect my kidney function?
Part 4 Diabetes and Kidney Disease 57
Questions 34-45 focus on considerations that should be taken if you have both kidney disease and diabetes:
My doctor says I have "microalbuminuria," what does that mean?
Should my blood pressure be controlled differently if I have diabetes?
How do I know if diabetes is the cause of my kidney disease?
Part 5 Other Causes of Kidney Disease 77
Questions 46-59 address concerns related to various causes of kidney malfunctions, such as:
I had aninfection and was treated with antibiotics 10 days ago, my doctor says this may have caused kidney failure, is there any treatment? Is this reversible?
I was found to have a large amount of cysts on my kidney ultrasound, what does this mean?
I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, does that mean I will develop kidney failure? Is there any treatment for polycystic kidney disease?
Part 6 Treatment of Kidney Disease 95
Questions 60-82 present options for treatment and management of kidney disease, including:
I have been diagnosed with kidney disease, is there any special diet I should follow?
Are there any specific medications that can prevent my kidney function from getting worse?
My kidney function is getting worse, and my doctor says I need to prepare for dialysis. What does this involve?
Part 7 Kidney Stones 127
Questions 83-93 outline the management of kidney stones:
I have high blood pressure and was recently diagnosed with kidney stones. Is there any BP medication that can help with both problems?
I have had several kidney stones, and been told to drink lots of fluids. What type of fluids do I need to drink?
I have had 3 calcium stones, should I limit my calcium in my diet?
Part 8 Acute Renal Failure 137
Questions 94-99 address concerns related to acute renal failure, such as:
During my hospitalization I had ARF and required several dialysis treatments. Then the doctors said my kidneys were starting to recover and I did not need any more dialysis. How do I know if my kidneys have recovered?
I have an enlarged prostate and was seen in the ER and was found to have renal failure related to the enlarged prostate, what does this mean and how can I treat this?
I had an ultrasound exam of my abdomen and was found to have "hydronephrosis" of both kidneys and my prostate was found to also be enlarged, what does this mean?
Part 9 Further Information 145
Questions 100 provides additional resources to find more information.