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Dr. James Pritsiolas

Nephrology and Dialysis
NJ
23 years experience male

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Wednesday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

In addition to a thriving private practice specializing in all facets of Nephrology and Hypertension, I devote a considerable amount of time educating medical professionals. I have provided innumerable lectures to Medical Students, Nurses, Interns, Residents, Fellows, and Attending Physicians in my areas of expertise. Professionally, my passions include direct patient care as well as education and research, and I consider myself fortunate in that I am in a position that enables me to blend these interests seamlessly.

Specialties
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Nephrology and Dialysis

Internal Medicine

Languages spoken

English, Greek

Doctor Q&A

36 Answers
3 Agrees
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
No: Not unless you are also on the Flomax (tamsulosin) another reason (such as an enlarged prostate).
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Yes.: Yes. And you can still be fertile with kidney and liver problems. Use common sense, however, and don't over-exert yourself. Enjoy!
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Need to repeat: If you had your period when urinalysis was done, it could have contaminated the urine sample and you should repeat the test. If this not the case, th... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Yes: If you eat enough baking soda so that your urine becomes too alkaline (i.e., high urine ph), you increase the risk of calcium phosphate kidney stones ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
KidneyTransplant: I wouldn't put hair removal cream over the kidney transplant, but on other parts of your body it should be ok as long as you don't have any open sores... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Steroids: Patients on dialysis can have low testosterone, especially if they have diabetes. Those patients may be prescribed testosterone (an anabolic steroid)... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Usually not: Only if you drink so much that you become dehydrated, or if you drink antifreeze, wood alcholol, running alcohol, or home-made alcohol that was sittin... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Creatinine: N-acetylcysteine (mucomyst) can lower serum creatinine by causing more if it to be excreted into the urine.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Pregnancy urinalysis: No. Hcg needs to be measured in the urine to detect pregnancy, and the test for HCG is not included in a routine urinalysis or urine culture. The lab... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
No: As long as your electrolytes (especially potassium) is monitored, taking spironolactone is fine. It can lower blood pressure, improve abnormal thicke... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Blood in urine: If only a trace amount of blood (without any protein in urine), the most likely possibilities include kidney stones or crystals in the urine, recent h... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
No: Taking Furosemide will increase the sodium, chloride, potassium in your urine as well as the amount of urine you make. To increase the amount of urin... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
No: No. I would see your gynecologist to make sure you are not pregnant or have pelvic inflammatory disease (pid) from a sexually transmitted disease (st... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Kidney Stones: If you have pain from the kidney stone, or if the kidney stone has caused a worsening of kidney function (in those with pre-existing kidney disease), ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Yes: High blood pressure can damage the arteries in the penis and cause erectile dysfunction. Some medications used to treat high blood pressure (hyperten... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Kidney pain: Get a urinalysis to look for microscopic hematuria (to see if you may have kidney stones) and a urine culture (to rule out urinary infection, which ma... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Ultrasound: Color is used to determine whether a blood vessel is an artery or vein. If you saw colors on your kidney ultrasound, it means a "doppler" was done to... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Depends on cause: Need to determine if lymphedema or edema. Lymphedema does not respond well to diuretics, whereas edema does. If not lymphedema, make sure you do not... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Kidney stones: Take one of these clumps out of the toilet bowl. If it is firm and hard, probably a kidney stone. Bring it to your doctor so that he can submit it f... Read More
A 70-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Yes: A UTI can cause burning more than itching. If there is itching, it is possible that you have a yeast infection.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
BUN and creatinine: An elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine are indicative of kidney failure.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
No: Alcohol will only show up if it is specifically ordered. Otherwise, it is not included in a comprehensive metabolic panel.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Yes: Staph infection can result in a kidney function (pyelonephritis). When this is the case, it is possible that the infection spread from the bloodstrea... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Yes: Patients with lupus are at elevates riak of vascular disease, including corornary artery disease. A stress test is quite reasonable if you are having... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
CKD: Have your health care provider measure your cystatin c. You can then use a version of the ckd-epi equation (found on-line) that incorporates cystatin... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Magnesium: If possible, stop taking medicines that can decease your magnesium absorption, such as proton pump inhibitors (e.g., proposed, prevacid, medium, proto... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
If real, from skin: Most likely contamination from the skin, especially if your urinalysis has epithelial cells. If your urinalysis does not have epithelial cells, or i... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
3 days: By 3 days a bladder infection should be gone. If it persists, you may be infected with a highly resistant organism, have a kidney stone, prostatitis,... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Kidney Stones: 3 mm is small enough for you to pass on your own, but they will cause you pain if and when you pass them. Have your doctor conduct a 24 hour urine co... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Depends on cause: If your kidney is shrinking from a lack of blood flow (renal artery stenosis), then restoring blood flow to that kidney may help. If it's shrinking f... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Lisinopril use: The Lisinopril is helpful in patients who have protein in the urine (and are not dehydrated or have narrowing of both kidney arteries). Once it is st... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Decreased muscle: Since creatinine is generated by muscle, a decrease in creatinine usually means that muscle mass is decreasing. Other causes include improvement of a... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Uti in men: He may have prostatitis, which would require a 4 week course of antibiotics. May also have urinary retention (from an enlarged prostate) and need to ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Less likely: Fertility is significantly decreased in patients on dialysis, but it is still possible to have children. If you become pregnant, however, your likeli... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
How much water: You should be drinking enough water so that your urine is straw-colored. Urine will always be darker when u wake up in the morning. Remember that yo... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Pritsiolas
Nephrology and Dialysis 23 years experience
Urine collection: Creatinine clearance requieres a full and precise 24 hour urine collection. The results can be falsely low if there is an undercollection, or falsely... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pritsiolas is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Pritsiolas is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Wow. I asked this question in 2013 ! If i waited this long, I' d been dead !
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, NY
Graduated 1999MD

Residency

NORTH SHORE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

Awards

Physician's Recognition Award With Commendation, American Medical Association
Outstanding Voluntary Faculty Award, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 2013
"I Love My Doctor" Award, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, 2010

Affiliations

American Society of Nephrology
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