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Diet & Kidney Stone Prevention

What are kidney stones? Kidney stones are made of salts and minerals in the urine that form small "pebbles." Stones can form in the kidneys and the ureters (the tubes that lead from the kidneys to the bladder). They can also form in the bladder. Stones may not cause a problem as long as they stay in the kidneys. But they can cause sudden, severe pain. Pain is most likely when the stones travel from the kidneys to the bladder. Kidney stones can cause bloody urine. Kidney stones often run in families. You are more likely to get them if you don't drink enough fluids, mainly water. Certain foods and drinks and some dietary supplements may also increase your risk for kidney stones if you consume

Evaluation For Kidney Transplant

BEING EVALUATED FOR A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT Kidney transplant is indicated for renal failure due to many causes, including: hypertension and diabetes (the most common causes for renal failure in the U.S.), diabetic nephropathy, focal segmental Glomerular sclerosis (FSGS), polycystic kidney disease, HIV nephropathy, systemic lupus, and glomerulonephritis. To ensure the success of your treatment, the transplant team must have a complete medical, psychosocial, & financial evaluation to determine if transplant is the right thing for you. You can receive a kidney transplant if your kidneys are failing — even before you need to be on dialysis. The sooner you get evaluated, the greater the benefit you


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