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Nephrology for Primary Care physician
Nephrology plays a vital role in primary care, as kidney health is integral to overall well-being. Primary care physicians routinely monitor kidney function by assessing serum creatinine levels and estimating glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Nephrologists often address common kidney-related issues encountered in primary care, such as hypertension, chronic kidney disease (CKD), and kidney stones. Primary care providers are essential in detecting early stages of CKD, which can progress silently without symptoms. Controlling high blood pressure is crucial, as it is a leading cause of kidney disease. Primary care physicians prescribe antihypertensive medications and lifestyle modifications to protect kidney health. Maintaining proper fluid and electrolyte balance is crucial in various medical conditions, and primary care doctors are the first line of defense in addressing these issues. Primary care physicians are responsible for managing medications that may affect kidney function, ensuring proper dosing to prevent adverse effects.
About the Speaker
Dr. Atit Dharia
Consultant Nephrologist and Kidney transplant physician, Jaslok Hospital, Bhatia Hospital & Saifee Hospital
Dr. Atit Dharia is a Consultant Nephrologist and Transplant Physician with empanelments at Multiple Tertiary Health Care and Charitable Hospitals in Mumbai. He has more than 9 years of experience practicing Nephrology with 4 years of International Experience at the prestigious University of Toronto, where he worked at Toronto General Hospital, which is ranked 4th Best Hospital in the World.
Kidney transplantation VS Dialysis – Pros and Cons of Each
Kidney transplantation is a surgical procedure that involves placing a healthy kidney from a living or deceased donor into a person whose kidneys no longer function properly. The new kidney's urine tube (ureter) is connected to the bladder, and the blood vessels of the new kidney are attached to blood vessels in the lower part of the abdomen, just above one of the legs. Unless they are causing complications, the patient's own kidneys are left in place. Kidney transplantation offers a more active life, freedom from dialysis, and freedom from restrictions on fluid and dietary intake.Dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure that helps remove waste products and excess fluid from the blood. There are two types of dialysis: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. In hemodialysis, blood is pumped out of the body to an artificial kidney machine, filtered, and then returned to the body. In peritoneal dialysis, the inside lining of the belly acts as a natural filter, and wastes are taken out by means of a cleansing fluid called dialysate, which is washed in and out of the belly in cycles.
Renal Replacement Therapy World Kidney Day
Renal Replacement therapy is used to replace the lost functions of the kidneys, such as filtering the blood, regulating electrolyte balance, and producing hormones. There are two main types of RRT: hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD). Hemodialysis is a process that involves removing blood from the body, filtering it through a machine, and then returning it to the body. PD involves using the lining of the abdomen as a filter for waste and excess fluid removal. RRT can help patients maintain their quality of life by improving their symptoms, reducing complications, and extending their lifespan. Choice of RRT modality is based on various factors such as age, health status, lifestyle, and preferences of the patient.
Relieve UTI : A guide to Healthier Bladder
UTI, or urinary tract infection, is a common condition that affects many people, especially women. It is caused by the presence of bacteria in the urinary tract, which can lead to symptoms such as frequent urination, pain or burning during urination, and cloudy or strong-smelling urine. In some cases, untreated or recurrent UTIs can lead to more serious complications such as kidney infections, so it's important to seek medical attention if symptoms persist or worsen.
Adult Nephrotic Syndrome- Evidence based
Adult Nephrotic Syndrome is a kidney disorder characterized by excessive protein loss in urine. It is a common condition in adults, particularly in men over the age of 50. Symptoms include swelling, especially in the legs, feet, and face, foamy urine, and weight gain. Treatment options include controlling blood pressure, reducing fluid accumulation, and managing underlying conditions such as diabetes. Steroid therapy and other immunosuppressive drugs are often used to reduce inflammation and control proteinuria.