Kidneys are vital organs that perform many functions to keep the body's blood clean. Diabetes, high blood pressure and some hereditary factors are the leading causes of kidney disease. At Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, the Division of Nephrology offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients suffering from the multiple stages of renal disease.
Diagnosis of Kidney Disease
Kidney disease may be present without any symptoms. Three simple tests are used to screen for kidney disease:
If blood and urine tests indicate reduced kidney function, renal imaging or renal biopsy may be recommended to help identify the cause of the problem.
Treatment of kidney disease is determined by the stage of the disease. In the early stages, the treatment goal is to slow the progression of the disease through medical and nutritional management. In the moderate stage, patients work with their nephrologists to prevent or treat conditions such as anemia and bone problems. End stage renal disease (ESRD) requires dialysis or kidney transplantation. At Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, our 6-bed acute dialysis unit treats patients with acute kidney failure and end stage chronic renal failure with modalities that include:
All dialysis patients are offered the choice of transplantation, and the Division of Nephrology maintains a close relationship with major transplantation centers.
Prevention Through Education
The clinical staff of the Division of Nephrology is committed to increasing the community's awareness of kidney disease through hospital symposia and community-based lectures.
Tsega Denneke, MD
Tel: (718) 366-1111
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