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What is kidney failure and how is it treated?

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What is kidney failure and how is it treated?

Kidneys're losing...: A wide range of diseases such as infection, inflammation, stone, blockage, diabetes, hypertension, shock, drugs, etc. May damage the filtering and concentrating ability of kidneys resulting in poor managing fluid, electrolytes, and acidity. Its course may be acute or chronic. Its treatment may highly vary depending on it cause and pace. For detail, talk with experts. Best wish... ...Read more

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Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


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What is liver failure and how is it treated?

What is liver failure and how is it treated?

Won't keep you alive: The liver does multiple things - synthesizes proteins, metabolizes products to make them more useful or less harmful or easier to excrete, moves blood from the intestines to the main venous blood flow system (in the vena cava), etc. When the liver is hurt from a sudden insult (tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose, etc) or long-term exposure (alcohol, heptatitis c, etc) 1 or more of these functions can't be done. ...Read more

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What is renal cancer and how is it treated?

What is renal cancer and how is it treated?

A variety: The most common in adults is renal cell carcinoma, and it may be treated surgically for cure even if it's gotten fairly far in many cases; there are some old and some new chemotherapeutic agents that are remarkable and have surprised me by their effectiveness. ...Read more

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What is dialysis and how is it used to treat kidney failure?

What is dialysis and how is it used to treat kidney failure?

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, blood is filtered, somewhat like a normal kidney but much less effiiciently taking out waster and water that has accumulated in the blood. The processed blood is then returned to the patient. Typically, dialysis takes place for 4 hrs 3 days/wk. ...Read more

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What is renal parenchymal disease and how is it treated?

What is renal parenchymal disease and how is it treated?

Depends on the cause: There are many different types of renal parenchymal diseases.Some have spesific treatments some do not.Progressive disease usually results in transplant or life time dialysis. ...Read more

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What is kidney failure? How can it be treated/prevented?

What is kidney failure? How can it be treated/prevented?

Can be preventable: Leading causes of kidney failure are diabetes and high blood pressure; kidney failure is often preventable. When kidneys fail, a person cannot excrete the body's toxins or excess fluids. They become anemic because of the lack of epo - put out by the kidneys to stimulate red cell production. Heart disease is virtually inseparable from kidney failure. Dialysis and transplant are treatments. ...Read more

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What is chyluria and how is it treated?

What is chyluria and how is it treated?

Chyluria: Chyluria is the presence of lymph in the urine as a result of dmage to the lymphatic system. It presents itself as a whitish, fatty fluid in the urine. Surgery may be needed to restore function of lymphatic channels. ...Read more

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What is restenosis and how is it treated?

What is restenosis and how is it treated?

Narrowing again: Usually an artery that has been dilated or stented, or operated, redevelops plaque or scar and is narrowed= stenosed again . Repeat dilation or surgery has a reasonable chance of correcting the issue. ...Read more

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What is gangrene disease and how is it treated?

What is gangrene disease and how is it treated?

Defined below: Gangrene means death of tissue somewhere in your body. That alone can cause problems with loss of function, but when the dead tissue becomes infected, this can become life threatening (e.g. Gas gangrene). The treatment and prognosis depends on the location, amount of tissue and whether there is infection. Dead tissue may need to be removed, if infection occurs, antibiotics may be necessary. ...Read more

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What is stenosis and how is it treated?

Non specific term: Stenosis just means a tightening & is generally used to describe a tubular structure. For any specific discussion of treatment we would first need a better description of what you mean, what the stenosis refers to. Please start over & submit a question with more background information.Questions are not linked. ...Read more

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What is renal tubular acidosis? What are its symptoms and how can it be cured?

What is renal tubular acidosis? What are its symptoms and how can it be cured?

Medical rx, no cure: Renal tubular acidosis(rta) involves failure of kidneys to acidify urine by not contributing acid or resorbing bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) (alkalinity). Several types are known involving proximal, distal, and combination of both tubules of kidney.Sometime inherited.Complications can include osteomalacia(adults), rockets(child), stunting of growth, damaged kidneys, stones, renal failure.Nephrologist needed. ...Read more

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What is acute pulmonary edema and how is it treated?

What is acute pulmonary edema and how is it treated?

Fluid in lungs : Acute pulmonary edema is fluid that has entered the lung spaces. It typically causes shortness of breath and low oxygen. The fluid can come from a failing heart, or inflammation, or pneumonia, or even high altitude. It is treated, usually, by fixing the underlying cause and giving diuretics (water pills) to help get rid of the water. ...Read more

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What is diverticulitis and how is it treated?

What is diverticulitis and how is it treated?

Infection : It is infection of diverticulum ( out pocketing of colon lining usually caused by constipation). It is treated with antibiotics ( oral or IV depending upon severity) or surgery if perforation. U have to b seen and examined by a physician to make the diagnosis and then treatment plan. Once healed, high fiber diet us the key to try to prevent further complications. ...Read more

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What is congestive heart failure? How is it contracted, what is the treatment, how does it affect life expetancy ?

What is  congestive heart failure? How is it contracted,  what is the treatment,  how does it affect life expetancy ?

Failure of the heart: Failure of the heart muscles to pump blood effectively from the chambers to the body/lungs leading to back up of blood . Caused by heart attacks, (coronary artery disease) long standing hypertension/diabetes, chemotherapy, congenital heart defects, intractable rhythm problems. Life expectancy depends on underlying cause. ...Read more

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What exactly is potassium and why is it important for someone with chronic kidney disease?

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What exactly is potassium and why is it important for someone with chronic kidney disease?

Potassium: Potassium blood concentration is regulated automatically by many systems but the function of the kidney in its control is most vital. Too little k+ cause weakening of all body muscles. Too much k+ can cause muscle and heart trouble and even stops the heart . Among chemicals not being regulated properly anymore is k+. Ammonia we cannot eliminate can also weaken the muscles and mind. ...Read more

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What is plasmacytoma and how is it treated?

What is plasmacytoma and how is it treated?

Bone tumor: A plasmacytoma is a tumor made up of plasma cells, cells that make antibodies, part of the immune system. If there is a localized plasmacytoma (in one place only), it is usually treated by radiation. However, most plasmacytomas are part of a more advanced cancer called multiple myeloma. You need an evaluation to tell the difference. Treatment is more extensive for myeloma. ...Read more

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What is anemia and how is it diagnosed and treated?

What is anemia and how is it diagnosed and treated?

Anemia is a RBC mass: Outside the normative values for age and sex. Typically, hematocrit (hct) for a woman is lower than for a man of the same age. For both boys and girls, after the physiologic nadir (occurs approximately 4-6 weeks of age) hcit rises toward adult levels steadily with age. Hct is determined by cbc, which also provides indices of red cell size and hemoglobin concentration. Treatment depends on cause. ...Read more

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What is osteomalacia and how is it treated?

What is osteomalacia and how is it treated?

Carefully: It means a softening of the articular cartilage in joint. Usually mainly knee. It may be inherited or traumatic, and you can't stop it. Protect your joint from stress as in lb/sq ". Jumping increases this a lot, even down a stair, off a tailgate etc. Jogging is repetative trauma and can take it's toll swimming is good exercise . If swollen, gives out grinds, surg clean out may help smoothen it. ...Read more

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What is CHF and is it treatable?

What is CHF and is it treatable?

Weakness of heart.: CHF is primarily caused by an issue in the heart that prevents it from being able to supply your body with the oxygen it needs. This can be caused by weakness of the heart muscle, insufficiency of a valve in the heart or a rhythm disturbance that disrupts the forward flow of blood from the heart. Medications and procedures are available for treatment. ...Read more

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What is obstructive nephropathy?, and how can it be cured.

What is obstructive nephropathy?, and how can it be cured.

Urine flow blocked: A condition which arises when the outflow of urine is blocked thereby leading to loss of kidney function. Relieving the obstruction can reverse the kidney damage in some cases. A referral to a urologist would be helpful. ...Read more

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