Kidney Disorders We Treat

Kidney disease can require long-term care, which makes choosing the right physician a critical component to the success of your ongoing treatment. Whether it's time to see a doctor about a hereditary or genetic kidney disorder, possible kidney stones, an electrolyte disorder, glomerulonephritis or proteinuria, or to continue your care for chronic kidney disease or end stage renal disease, the University of Chicago Medicine can help.

Our goal is to closely manage your kidney disease and help you avoid kidney failure and the need for dialysis or a transplant. For those patients whose kidneys no longer function properly, we offer a robust dialysis program — including at-home, nighttime, hemo and peritoneal dialysis options. Importantly, kidney transplants are performed and managed by some of the most experienced surgeons and transplant nephrologists in the state.

Our doctors have the diverse training and experience necessary to diagnose, manage or treat even the most complex kidney disorders, including:

Acute kidney failure, also known as acute kidney injury, is a serious condition that occurs when your kidneys suddenly begin to shut down over a short period of time. This condition can be life-threatening. However, with proper treatment, you may eventually regain most, if not all, of your kidney function.

Alport Syndrome is a rare genetic disease that is caused by a gene mutation. It can lead to kidney damage and eventual kidney failure. It also affects the healthy tissue in your eyes and ears. Symptoms include blood and/or protein in the urine, high blood pressure and swelling.

Chronic kidney failure, also known as chronic kidney disease, occurs when your kidneys gradually lose function, causing long-term problems with many side effects.
Electrolyte disorders include having dangerously high or low levels of potassium in your body. These are fairly common disorders that may be caused by genetics or from taking the wrong medication at the wrong time.
End-stage renal disease (ESRD), also known as kidney failure, occurs when your kidneys can no longer function on their own. This is a permanent, life-threatening condition that requires dialysis treatment or a kidney transplant.
Glomerular diseases — including glomerulonephritis, lupus nephritis, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Wegener’s granulomatosis — are caused by inflammation in the kidney. They are associated with protein in the urine and can cause chronic kidney disease and ESRD.   
Hereditary kidney diseases, including polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and hereditary nephritis (Alport syndrome), are disorders that travel within families — often across generations — because of a gene mutation. These diseases can cause chronic kidney disease and ESRD.
Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure, can damage the blood vessels in your kidneys and affect their ability to work properly. Our nephrologists work closely with other specialists to manage uncontrolled high blood pressure caused by medical problems such as diabetes, as well as a type of high blood pressure (called renal hypertension) caused by narrowed arteries in the kidneys.
Kidney stones are hard, solid masses made up of minerals and other substances found in your body. These masses, which range in size, shape and texture, can cause pain, bleeding and other symptoms if they grow large enough and get stuck in your urinary tract.
Tubulointerstitial diseases, including interstitial nephritis, can cause inflammation in the kidney, resulting in chronic kidney disease or end-stage renal disease.

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Kidney Disease