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Dr. Fred McCurdy

Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Corpus Christi, TX
47 years experience male

About

Bio

Fredrick A. McCurdy, MD, PhD, MBA, FAAP, FACPE is currently the Medical Director for Star Kids at the Driscoll Health Planin Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to accepting this position, Dr. McCurdy spent 40 years in academic medicine in a variety of positions to include Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, Pediatric Department Chairman as well as Pediatric Residency Program Director. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology. He is also board certified as a Physician Executive. Dr. McCurdy completed both his MD and PhD degrees simultaneously in 1976 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He completed his MBA in 2001 at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis

Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: Texas

Doctor Q&A

198 Answers
350 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Bad Things: Water and waste products accumulate when you skip or miss a dialysis treatment. Neither of these are good for you. Best have a long talk with your d... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Yes: From something as simple as being a bit tired to more serious complications of excessive fluids and difficulty breathing as well as accumulation of wa... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Not a good Idea: This is really not a wise choice. While you are likely to survive if you limit you water intake and severely modify your diet, this is a high risk ac... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Renal failure: If you have 10% of your renal function left, then most times your doctor can manage your reanl failure with medicines. Anything below that usually me... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Not usually: There is likely another explanation for blood in your urine and it is likely not due to drinking alcohol. See your doctor and have this checked out.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
See Your Doctor: An unhealthy kidney cannot do the work it is designed to do - clean your blood and keep critical levels of different chemicals in balance. Kidney fai... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Failure to thrive: At first glance i would say this indicates some type of malnutrition either due to some type of dietary deficiency or failure of the gut to absorb wha... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Proteinuria/pyuria: Leucocytes are white blood cells (wbcs). So, high protein and high wbcs equals infection until proven otherwise by a negative urine culture. Take in... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Pulmonary edema: Get the water out of the lungs either using diuretics if there is enough renal function left to allow this to happen or remove the water acutely using... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Blood Glucose Levels: Given that there is nothing else going on with the patient, the blood glucose level should be normal.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Chickenpox: The skin lesions of chickenpox have clear fluid in them. Once, they "pop open" they can get infected with common bacteria found on the skin. If you ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Renal failure diet: Rather than try to compress my answer, go to this website: http://www.kidneyfund.org/kidney-health/kidney-failure/kidney-friendly-diet.html. It is ful... Read More
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A 80-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Dialysis: A patient is started on dialysis when their doctor decides that their metabolic disturbances caused bytheir renal failure can no longer be managed wit... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Reanl failure: She will become more drowsy and disoriented. My grandfather made the same choice and he just simply went to sleep and passed away. My grandmother as... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Hematuria: Backup of urine in the kidneys at your age is usually due to obstruction of urine outflow from anywhere along the urinary system - kidneys, ureter, bl... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Life expectancy: Tough question. A person can survive on 10% kidney function for a long time if managed aggressively with medical treatment. The caveat here is what ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Fluid intake: If you are asking about drinking water, juice, etc. When you think you have renal failure the short answer is "yes with moderation. If you are talkin... Read More
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A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Hematuria: I've thought about your question and these are my thoughts: first, bloody urine after kidney surgery is not unusual, but it should have gone away or g... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Possible: Tropical fruits have been shown to inhibit enzymes in the liver that help break down drugs. While this has not been critically tested in patients, te... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Urine infection: I would say urine infection is most likely, but that us not the only thing that can cause what you are describing. See your doctor and get this checke... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
See your doctor: There are many reasons for this to happen. You really need to have your doctor check this out right away.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Really hard to do: This requires the expertise and skills of a pediatric kidney doctor. Diet modification, dialysis, avoiding complications, and treating the underlying... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Yes: If your kidneys are already not working correctly or the infection goes for a long time untreated or both you can have acute renal failure. If you ar... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Depo and weight: I'd see your doctor because I suspect there is something else causing all of your complaints.
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A female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
BUN/Creat Ratio: I personally would not worry about it since the high ratio is due to a slightly elevated BUN. This might be due to a diet high in non-essential amino... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Recurrent UTIs: One of the most common reasons for women to have repeated UTIs is sexual intercourse. Thus, to prevent this I would recommend less frequent sexual in... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
GAD: I would really get myself checked out before I take a long trip away from my doctor. Your sugars being high makes me think there is something else go... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
ARF: This all depends upon the original cause of the renal failure. I really need more information before i can say anything more.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Bloody urine: This is likely due to you having some type of sexually transmitted disease. It could, however, be due to many other causes. Please go back to your p... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Possible syncope: I am a bit unclear on what your question is. However, if you are dizzy and have dysautonomia, I would not recommend taking anything that will make t... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Likely to be OK: Plant proteins such as hemp spare kidney function in rats with a genetic predisposition to renal disease. Hemp protein contains significant amounts o... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Kidney stone: You need to see your doctor. Stones are tricky and unpredictable. They can also have serious complications so get an appointment with your doctor ve... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Treating UTI: If you have an infection in your urinary tract and ignore it, then serious things can happen. I strongly recommend getting into see you doctor and ge... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Colored urine: I'd get that checked out by my primary care doctor. There are too many possibilities to list them all here. You need a physical exam and a urinalysi... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Lasix (furosemide) and ARF: It really depends upon the cause for ARF. Lasix (furosemide) is however, still the mainstay of therapy in re-establishing urine flow during the recov... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
PD Complications: Short answer - infection, loss of effectiveness due to changes in the bowel and abdominal cavity, and loss of catheter. Here is a link to a more thor... Read More
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A 16-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Peritoneal Dialysis: It really should be clear. If it is any other color, then the fluid needs to be reported to the personnel at the dialysis center so they can have it ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Diet And ESRD: In addition to what has already been said, i would urge you to got to this website to get a whole bunch of information about esrd: http://www.Nlm.Nih.... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
High BUN and RF: Heart failure, dehydration, or a diet high in protein can make your BUN level high. Liver disease or damage can lower your BUN level. Thus, watch you... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Catheter Care: Oh, absolutely! the plastic catheter goes into your abdomen and any break in sterile routine, that people are taught when they start peritoneal dialy... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Genetics: Both are. Certain forms of kidney disease have characteristic forms of passing from one generation to the next. If you have a 1st degree relative wh... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Peritoneal Dialysis: There really is no optimal formula for effective peritoneal dialysis. There are so many factors such as age, diet, length of time on dialysis, social... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Renal agenesis: It simply means you were born without a left kidney. People go through their entire life without a kidney or donate a kidney. The amazing thing abou... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Flank pain: It could. It could also mean many other things - kidney stone, kidney obstruction, infection, etc.. See your doctor and have this investigated.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Dialysis Effects: The process removes water and toxins from your body. It can also be used to add things back to your body such a calcium. This link may be helpful to... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
CAPD: This is a method where a patient puts dialysis fluid into their abdominal cavity, leaves the fluid in for awhile, and then drains the fluid out. Then... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Diabetes Mgmt: In short, managing all the co-existing problems - high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, potential obesity, anemia, high blood phosp... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Concentrations: Concentrations of waste are zero in the dialysis fluid. Combined with the glucose and other substances in the dialysis fluid "drags" waste and water o... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Removing PD Catheter: When you no longer need. You no longer need it because your renal function has improved, you are being changed to hemodialysis, or you are getting st... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Dialysis Problems: Because one of the goals in dialysis is to remove water, overly aggressive water removal can cause dehydration. This is a good source for further inf... Read More
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Testimonials
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Dec 18, 2013
Dr McCurdy is clearly incredibly knowledgeable about Nephrology. The information he provides is accurate, understandable and done in a compassionate manner. He is providing an invaluable service to th...Read More
Sep 15, 2013
It's great having you help all of us understand some complex issues. Thank you for being apart of this community of patients and doctors. I enjoy reading your advice!
May 30, 2015
Your dedication and commitment to providing quality health consultation on HealthTap is greatly admired and a true benefit to your patients. Keep up the good work.
HealthTap member
Your answer was very helpful! Thanks :) he was born with severe hydronephrosis hospitalized n failure 2 thrive
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for not focusing on the worst possibilities.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you for your help..

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Nebraska College of Medicine, NE
Graduated 1976MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Nebraska Medical Center, NE
Graduated 1976MD

Residency

Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center

Awards

AOA
Upjohn Award
Top Pediatric Nephrologist, First Place, National - Winter
2013

Affiliations

FAAP, FACPE, APA, Sigma Xi,

Publications

Discontinuation Syndrome in Newborns Whose Mothers Took Antidepressants while Pregnant or Breastfeeding,
A Student’s Guide To Primary Care Hanley & Belfus, Philadelphia, PA, 2002
Relationships between Drug Company Representatives and Medical Students: Medical School Policies, and Attitudes of Student Affairs Deans and Third Yea...
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