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Childhood Kidney Failure At A Glance

Introduction The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located near the middle of the back, just below the rib cage. Kidneys play a vital part in a child’s growth and health. The kidneys: remove wastes and extra water from the body regulate blood pressure balance chemicals like sodium and potassium make …

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Vaccination For Transplant

Why is it important? Prevention of infection is of paramount importance to solid organ transplant recipients who are immunocompromised, meaning they have reduced immunity due to the transplant medication they are required to take. Infection in these patients results in a very high risk of illness and death, and treatment …

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Vaccination For Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Introduction Patients with renal disease have a higher risk of illness and death. The No 2 cause of death after cardiovascular disease is infectious disease (ID). Why is ID a significant problem? People with CKD are unique in that: They have additional exposures to infections via vascular access catheters and …

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Immunosuppressive Medication

What is immunosuppressive medication in kidney transplant? Immunosuppressants are drugs or medicines that lower the body’s ability to reject a transplanted organ. Another term for these drugs is anti-rejection drugs. Why do you need this medication after kidney transplant? When you get a kidney transplant your  immune system will identify the transplanted kidney as non-self or a …

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Kidney Transplant Rejection

What is kidney transplant rejection? It is the most common complication after the kidney transplantation. Our body immunity is to fight any invader into the body. When an organ like a kidney is transplanted into a patient (recipient), the recipient’s immune system will detect the new kidney ( graft ) …

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How Will Dialysis Affect Your Life

Introduction Almost all patients with kidney disease dread the time when they need to start regular dialysis. It is understandable that this phase of life is met with much uncertainty and even some will get depression just from the thought of starting dialysis. Yet, it is not all gloomy when …

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Cystic Kidney Disease

Introduction and definition Renal cysts results from genetic or non-genetic processes. Renal cysts are round pouches of fluid that can form within the kidneys or on the kidneys. The most common causes of renal cysts in adults are : simple renal cysts autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (PKD); and acquired …

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