According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease. It can develop at any age and often requires dialysis or transplant surgery. It can lead to end-stage renal disease or even death.
Symptoms include fatigue, trouble concentrating, and loss of appetite, and often may not present until the advanced stages of the disease. Most people aren't diagnosed until they have begun to lose kidney function. Screening for the disease requires a simple blood and urine test, and early detection and treatment can help prevent or delay kidney failure.
University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus treats a wide range of chronic kidney disorders. Our team works closely with primary care physicians to ensure patients receive quality and coordinated medical care. Staff members with expertise in social work, nutritional support and rehabilitation services are also available.
Our services include acute, chronic and peritoneal dialysis, as well as specialized interventions such as catheter insertions and declotting of accesses.
An hour-long support group is offered for dialysis patients on Wednesdays at 9:30 am at the UMMC Midtown Campus Behavioral Health Clinic.