End-Stage Renal Disease

At Midtown Renal Care, we are dedicated to providing expert care and support for individuals living with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), a condition that affects the kidneys and requires specialized medical attention. Our team of experienced nephrologists is here to help you understand, manage, and live well with ESRD.

What is ESRD?

End-Stage Renal Disease, often abbreviated as ESRD, is the final stage of chronic kidney disease. At this point, the kidneys have lost their ability to function effectively, leading to a severe decrease in kidney function. ESRD is a life-threatening condition that necessitates ongoing treatment, typically dialysis or kidney transplantation, to maintain vital functions.

Symptoms of ESRD

Patients with ESRD may experience a range of symptoms, such as:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Swelling in the legs, ankles, or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itchy skin
  • Changes in urine output
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Diagnosis

Diagnosing ESRD typically involves blood tests, urine tests, and imaging studies like ultrasound or CT scans. A nephrologist will evaluate your kidney function and provide recommendations for appropriate treatment options.

Causes of ESRD

ESRD can develop from various underlying kidney conditions, including:

  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD): Long-term, progressive damage to the kidneys.
  • Diabetes: Uncontrolled high blood sugar levels can damage the kidneys.
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure): Prolonged high blood pressure can harm the kidneys.
  • Glomerulonephritis: Inflammation of the kidney’s filtering units.
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD): A genetic condition causing cysts to form in the kidneys.

Treatment Options for ESRD

At Midtown Renal Care, we offer a comprehensive range of treatment options for ESRD, tailored to each patient's unique needs. Our services include:

  • Dialysis: Hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis are methods used to filter waste and excess fluids from the body when the kidneys can no longer perform this function.
  • Kidney Transplantation: A kidney transplant may be an option for some ESRD patients, providing a more permanent solution.
  • Medication Management: We help manage related conditions, such as hypertension and anemia, with the use of medications.
  • Nutritional Guidance: Proper nutrition is vital for patients with ESRD, and our team can provide guidance on dietary changes.

Living with ESRD

A diagnosis of ESRD doesn't mean the end of a fulfilling life. With proper care and support, many individuals continue to lead active, meaningful lives. Our team is committed to providing not only medical expertise but also emotional and educational support for ESRD patients and their families.

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