Northland DHB Renal
What is Renal Medicine?
Renal medicine, or nephrology, is the branch of medicine that involves the diagnosis and management of people with diseases and conditions of the kidneys.
Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, found at the back of your abdominal cavity, that filter out wastes and excess fluid from your blood and excrete them as urine.
Renal medicine includes the urgent care of acutely ill patients as well as those with chronic illness who require long term care. A doctor who specialises in disorders of the kidneys is called a nephrologist. Conditions seen by a nephrologist may include:
• Acute renal failure – the sudden loss of kidney function
• Chronic, or long term, renal failure – gradual worsening of kidney function
• Haematuria – blood loss in the urine
• Proteinuria – protein loss in the urine
• Kidney stones
• Chronic or frequent urinary tract infections
• Hypertension – that has not responded to antihypertensive therapy.
Many kidney disorders may be treated with medications and diet, but if kidney function starts to fail and the condition becomes severe there are several options: Haemodialysis (using a machine to filter the blood), Peritoneal dialysis (using fluid into the lining of the belly), kidney transplantation and non-dialysis therapy.
Assistance with Travel Costs
Click here to download a travel assistance brochure.
This outlines what help you can get to cover your travel costs that relate to your renal diease. More
Advanced Care Planning
Advanced care planning is all about keeping you in control of your own healthcare even if you become unable to speak for yourself.… More
Cyclosporin Patient Information
INSTRUCTIONS FOR TAKING ETIDRONATE (DIDRONEL) TABLETS
Take 2 tablets each morning for 2 weeks at a time.… More
This is when a patient’s kidneys are unable to remove wastes and excess fluid from the blood.… More
This term refers to stones in the urinary system. They form in the kidneys but can be found anywhere in the urinary system.… More
Parathyroidectomy - Patient Information
Polycystic Renal Disease - A Family Guide
Click here to download information for families who have a member with polycystic renal disease. More
Polycystic Renal Disease - A Patient Guide
Click here to download information for patients diagnosed with polycystic renal disease. More
Renal Biopsy - Patient Information
Reducing Your Salt Intake.
Click here to view a document explaining why salt is a problem and how you can eat less.… More
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
A UTI is caused by an infection in the urinary tract.… More
Websites That Contain Quality Information
Below are links to some websites that the local renal specialists recommend:… More
Family Meeting Brochure
Click here to download a brochure describing the family meetings we run in the Renal Service. More
Your Rights and Responsibilities within the Renal Service
As a team we are all very motivated to provide you with the best healthcare we can.… More
Potassium: How to Reduce your Blood Level
Click here to get advice on what foods to eat to help reduce your blood potassium level. More
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This page was last updated at 1:59PM on September 7, 2017. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Renal.