Chronic Kidney Disease Specialist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group -  - Nephrologist

San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group

Nephrologists located in numerous locations in San Antonio, TX, and surrounding Counties

Chronic kidney disease affects about 31 million people in the United States and is the ninth leading cause of death among American adults. At San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group in San Antonio, the dedicated team of nationally recognized nephrologists are highly skilled in diagnosing and treating chronic kidney disease to prevent kidney failure. Using the latest advancements in medicine and reliable patient education, the medical staff ensures you receive the highest quality care and management solutions. Schedule a consultation by calling San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group today.

Chronic Kidney Disease Q & A

What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease is a condition that occurs when your kidneys aren’t able to remove extra fluid and waste from your bloodstream. This fluid and waste builds up into your body and can cause serious harm to your health.

Complications of chronic kidney disease include:

  • Swelling
  • Heart diseases
  • Weak bones
  • Fluid in your lungs
  • Decreased immunity
  • Sexual dysfunction

To prevent these additional health complications, it’s important to have one of the experienced nephrologists at San Antonio Kidney Disease Center evaluate your kidney functionality if you have a family history of the disease or are experiencing problems with urination.

What causes chronic kidney disease?

The two most common causes of chronic kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes.

High blood pressure can damage blood vessels, depriving your kidneys’ filtering system of the nutrients and oxygen they need to function normally.

If you have diabetes, high blood sugar levels gradually damage your kidney function, leading to chronic kidney disease.

Both condition, if left unmanaged, can result in kidney failure and require dialysis, a machine-assisted procedure that removes waste and fluids from your bloodstream when your kidneys can’t.

Chronic kidney disease may also lead to the need for a kidney transplant.

What are the risk factors for chronic kidney disease?

In addition to having uncontrolled high blood pressure or diabetes, you may also be at increased risk for chronic kidney disease if you:

  • Smoke
  • Are obese
  • Are older than 65
  • Have a family history of kidney disease
  • Have an autoimmune disease

African-Americans and Asian-Americans are also at increased risk of developing chronic kidney disease, although the exact reason why is unclear.

How is chronic kidney disease diagnosed?

Chronic kidney disease typically shows no symptoms until the disease is well advanced. If you’re at increased risk of developing the condition due to your medical history, family history, or ethnic background, your physician may conduct a kidney function test, urine test, or ultrasound to identify any disease in your kidneys.

What treatment options are available for chronic kidney disease?

The goal in treating chronic kidney disease is to prevent total kidney failure. Initially, your physician may recommend dietary changes and medications if your kidney issues are occurring due to conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure.

If kidney function worsens, you may need to undergo dialysis to remove excess fluid.

To learn more about the treatment and prevention of chronic kidney disease, schedule a consultation by calling San Antonio Kidney Disease Center Physicians Group.