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Our Kidney Disease Services

 
The UPMC Kidney Clinics follow the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative guidelines and offer comprehensive, multidisciplinary services for adults with impaired renal function including:
  • Identification of renal disease and its cause(s)
  • Assessment of kidney function and the risk of disease progression
  • Management and monitoring of health factors contributing to chronic kidney disease, including hypertension and diabetes
  • Treatment of severe or complicated hypertension
  • Management of anemia resulting from chronic kidney disease (CKD)
  • Management of bone disease, parathyroid, and metabolic disorders resulting from CKD
  • Prevention and medical management of kidney stones
  • Treatment of high-risk obstetric patients with renal disease
  • Treatment of acute kidney failure and acute kidney injury
  • Early planning for dialysis, including placement of dialysis access
  • Early referral and initiation of the transplantation evaluation process for patients progressing to end-stage renal disease
  • Support for patients requiring renal-replacement therapy

Other services include:

  • Kidney disease-specific nutrition counseling and education
  • Patient education
  • Parenteral drug administration

Services for Renal-Replacement Therapy Patients

  • Evaluation for renal-replacement therapy (RRT)
  • Patient education regarding the alternatives for different types of dialysis treatments (hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis)
  • Hemodialysis supervision and management
  • Peritoneal dialysis training and support
  • Kidney transplant candidacy assessment
  • Pre-transplantation management
  • Post-transplantation follow-up
  • Home dialysis options, including peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis

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