At KIMS, our focus is on optimizing therapies known to delay the progression of kidney disease as well as educating and empowering patients to help direct their care. Our goal is to help patients make healthy lifestyle and medical choices while guiding their care to optimize outcomes.
Hematuria may cause your urine to look pink, red or brown. But you may have blood in your urine that can't see. In this case, your doctor will need to look at a sample of your urine under a microscope to see the blood cells.
Proteinuria means protein in your urine (pee). Your kidneys make urine by cleaning extra fluid from your blood. Your kidneys also help prevent the loss of things that your body needs, like protein. Proteinuria happens when your kidneys let protein leak into your urine. Protein in your urine may also be called albuminuria or microalbuminuria.
Nephrotic syndrome is a condition in which your kidneys "leak" protein from your blood into your urine. In adults, nephrotic syndrome is often a sign of kidney damage from an underlying problem. In children, nephrotic syndrome may only be temporary, or it may be an early sign of kidney damage.
Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic disease that causes many cysts to form in the kidneys. These cysts grow out of control and can overrun the kidneys. In time, the PKD cysts damage the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure.
A kidney stone is like a small rock that forms in the kidney. Stones form when certain chemicals in the body clump together. A stone can either stay in the kidney or travel through the urinary tract.
Injuries, major blood loss, and some reactions to medicines can cause the kidneys to fail very quickly. This is called acute kidney injury or acute renal failure. In some cases, this kind of kidney failure may get better. In other cases, the kidney failure may be permanent. Kidney failure that is permanent is called end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
Chronic kidney disease means lasting damage to the kidneys that can get worse over time. If the damage is very bad, your kidneys may stop working. This is called kidney failure, or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to live.