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 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Dialysis: The process of dialysis is to take blood out of a patient who has kidney failure and send that blood through a dialysis machine. Inside the machine, ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Hypernatremia: Reduce salt intake and balance that against increasing water intake. The caveat here is where is the patient in the continuum from end-stage renal di... 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 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 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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Dialysis: You usually sit in a chair that is pretty comfortable. A technician checks your pulse, temp, and bp. You are attached to a dialysis machine using tw... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Hyperkalemia: First, reduce your dietary potassium intake. Foods that are high in potassium can be found at: http://www.Healthaliciousness.Com/articles/food-source... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Brugada Syndrome: Absolutely! the person could die suddenly from an abnormal heart rhythm. I strongly recoomend that you read about this at:http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Stenosis: Constriction or narrowing of something - duct, artery, passage way such as the outlet of the stomach into the small intestine (called pyloric stenosis... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Proteinuria: The answer is in the biopsy result. Some forms of kidney disease respond to steriods and others do not. After 2 months of steroids, it is unlikely t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Kidney Infacrtion: In my 35 years of experience, kidney infarction has been rare. I have seen renal vein thrombosis in patients with diseases that cause a huge amount o... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
RVT: It all depends upon the cause. If the cause is cancer then successful treatment of the cancer should "cure" the rvt. If the cause is a disease in th... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
RVT: The presentation of renal vein thrombosis (rvt) is variable, and patients may be asymptomatic. When rvt occurs as a result of malignancy, the signs of... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
William's Syndrome: Children and adults with williams’s syndrome have very impressive social and verbal abilities. Their verbal abilities surpass their overall IQ scores... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Water Restriction: That is a hard question to answer. If you have the kind of renal failure where you kidneys make a whole bunch of urine then you should at least drink... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
LUQ pain in Kids: What you are describing sounds most like chronic constipation. However, based soley on the symptom of left sided pain other things to consider are so... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Stem Cells: There is much going on regarding the use of stem cells in patients with renal failure. Areas that appear to be the most researched right now are impr... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
See your doctor: Best to see your doctor right away because another stone is at the top of my list.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Right off the top: Your symptoms could be something simple to something complex. My advice is see your doctor and have a complete evaluation.
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Sounds Serious: You really need to get expert medical attention. How long pain lasts depends upon how serious the injury is and how long it will take to heal. You r... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
William's Syndrome: Quoting again from: http://www.Williams-syndrome.Org/what-is-williams-syndrome, "ws affects 1 in 10, 000 people worldwide – an estimated 20, 000 to 30... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Oil In Urine: I would consider two things. First, eating certain oily fish can cause oil in urine and in bowel movements. Second, unusual things in urine might no... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Kidney failure: To accurately answer your question i would need more information. Each of these findings by themselves do not equal kidney failure. Combined, they m... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Glycerin use: I have thought about your question and have dome a little reading. I can find no reason that a glycerin suppository should harm someone who has kidne... 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 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Renal failure diet: I have looked many places and have concluded that okra is a high potassium food. Because potassium can accumulate when your kidneys are not working w... 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 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Urinalysis: Leucocyte esterase comes from white blood cells - infection fighters. Having these cells in your urine when there is no infection likely means that t... 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis 47 years experience
Yes: And furthermore, I suggest you take a look at this website: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2009/07July/Pages/Bakingsodaforkidneypatients.aspx
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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.
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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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