Healthy kidneys clean the blood and manufacture hormones that keep the bones of the body strong. When the kidneys fail for any one of a number of reasons, including infections, glomerular disease, drugs, accidents and medical malpractice, therapy is necessary to perform the work that the kidneys used to do. Short of a kidney transplant, the most common therapy is known as dialysis.
There are two "types" of dialysis, i.e., hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Both processes filter the blood to remove harmful wastes, extra salt and water. Hemodialysis is accomplished with a machine. Peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of the abdomen, also known as the peritoneal membrane, to filter the blood. Either way, several renal replacement therapy sessions are needed every week to ensure that the body is not overwhelmed with toxins.
Dialysis commonly follows light chain deposition disease and/or advanced glomerular disease, such as:
- IgA disease (Berger's nephropathy);
- minimal change GN;
- focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS);
- membranous glomerulonephritis;
- post-infectious GN; and
- rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis.
Timely and appropriate testing for kidney disease, or a referral to specialist for investigation of kidney dysfunction, can prevent kidney damage and dialysis. A simple urine test can be used to diagnose and treat kidney disease while it is still chronic.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types cases involving injury to the kidneys, including end stage renal failure. If you, your child or a loved one have been injured, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
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