How can I tell if I have chronic kidney disease?

Feb 19, 2014 Knowledge
Kidney disease is a worldwide health problem – approximately 10% of the world’s population suffers from chronic kidney disease. Hundreds of millions more are at an increased risk for getting it, and unfortunately, most people do not know whether they have kidney disease until it is too late. This is because many people experience few ...
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What is kidney dialysis and how does it work?

Feb 19, 2014 Knowledge
Our kidneys play a vital role in our body – they help filter waste, excess fluid and toxins from our blood. Approximately 1,500 liters of blood are filtered by a healthy person’s kidneys daily, and this process is crucial for our survival. Improper kidney function leads to the build-up of harmful substances in the body, ...
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Diabetic nephropathy – when diabetes leads to kidney disease

Jan 21, 2014 Knowledge
Our kidneys are remarkable organs – they consist of an intricate system of tiny blood vessels full of little holes that act as filters. The main role of our kidneys is to remove waste products from the blood, which are then eliminated via urine. In kidney disease, our kidneys fail to work properly; they are ...
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Chronic Kidney Disease stages easily explained

Jan 21, 2014 Knowledge
In Sri Lanka approximately 1 in 5 people suffer from some form of kidney disease. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a disease where our kidneys lose their function and have difficulty eliminating waste products and fluid from the body. Usual causes of CKD include diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the kidneys). ...
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Nutritional tips for kidney patients

Jan 21, 2014 Knowledge
Our kidneys play a vital role in controlling the amount of fluid that leaves our body. Patients suffering from kidney disease often find it difficult to regulate the removal of fluid and are urged by their doctors to limit fluid intake. This will help ease symptoms such as swelling, shortness of breath and high blood ...
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Dialysis: How does it work?

Dec 11, 2013 Knowledge
Our kidneys, however small they may seem, play a vital role in our health. They maintain our internal balance of water and minerals, help eliminate acidic waste products, and also produce important hormones that aid the production of red blood cells and help bone formation. People who suffer from kidney failure, such as acute kidney ...
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A to Z of Renal Replacement Therapy in Sri Lanka

Dec 11, 2013 Knowledge
Renal failure, also referred to as kidney failure or renal insufficiency, is a condition where our kidneys fail to filter waste products properly from our blood. There are two main forms of renal failure: acute kidney injury, which with proper care can be reversible; and chronic kidney disease, which unfortunately is often not reversible. In ...
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The role of nephrologists in kidney disease

Dec 11, 2013 Knowledge
Nephrology is the branch of science that deals with diseases or loss of function of the kidney. The kidneys are two bean shaped organs in our body consisting of a complex network of blood vessels, tubes and tubules that filter blood of its waste products and excess water. Our kidneys play an important role in ...
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Launch of New Transplant Wing

Sri Lanka’s longest running programme just got another feather in its cap! Western Hospital has just expanded its Kidney Transplant Wing with dedicated on call nurses and doctors 24 hours of the day. More information coming soon! Check out some pictures on our Facebook page at http://bit.ly/West...
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