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Renal Vocab

Organs that help filter waste products from the blood, get rid of waste products, and regulate blood pressure, electrolyte balance, and cell production in the body. Kidneys
Blood Urea Nitrogen BUN
Creatinine Cr
Tubes through which urine leaves the kidneys and travels to the bladder. Ureters
It's where urine is stored. Bladder
The tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body. Urethra
It's the kidney specialist. Nephologist
Weakness, shortness of breath, lethargy, and confusion. Signs and Symptoms
You have a condition that slows blood flow to your kidneys, You experience direct damage to your kidneys, Your ureters become blocked and wastes can't leave your body through your urine. Causes of Renal Failure
Urine tests, abdominal ultrasound, kidney biopsy, blood tests measuring BUN, creatinine, and glomerular filtration rate. Diagnosis
Medications, healthy diet and lifelong efforts to control blood pressure and diabetes may be the best way to prevent chronic kidney disease and its progression to kidney failure. Treatment
It uses a machine filter called a dialyzer or artificial kidney to remove excess water and salt, to balance the other electrolytes in the body, and to remove waste products of metabolism. Hemodialysis
It's a treatment for patients with severe chronic kidney disease. The process uses the patient's peritoneum in the abdomen as a membrane across which fluids and dissolved substances are exchanged from the blood. Peritoneal Dialysis
It is an alternative option to dialysis. Sometimes, family members have compatible tissue types and, if they are willing, may donate a kidney. Kidney Transplantation