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Physician Education: Nephrology

Mineral Metabolism in Chronic Kidney Disease

Increased levels of calcium and phosphate in patients with chronic kidney disease may result in cardiovascular complications.  Jose Bernardo, MD, MPH, a nephrologist at UPMC says it is important for doctors to monitor these levels often and make adjustments as necessary.

Facts on Home Dialysis

Filitsa Bender, MD, a nephrologist at UPMC, offers a comprehensive overview of home hemodialysis and home peritoneal dialysis.

Referring To A Nephrologist

Many labs are now reporting the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) in conjunction with serum creatinine levels for kidney function test results, which may help physicians determine when to refer a patient to a nephrologist. This may result in an earlier diagnosis of chronic kidney disease.

Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Calciphylaxis

The best treatment for calciphylaxis, a disease often seen in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease, is one that is customized for each patient, using a variety of therapeutic approaches. Dr. Nirav Shah, a nephrologist at UPMC explains that in addition to earlier diagnosis and referral to a high volume nephrology program, a multidisciplinary approach may improve the prognosis for patients diagnosed with this rare but serious condition.

Using Health Literacy to Improve Patient Care and Outcomes

Health literacy is an approach that helps physicians empower patients to better understand their health and navigate the health care system.

Evaluating Anti-Viral Medication for BKVN Following Kidney Transplantation

Dr.Sundaram Hariharan, MD discusses a prospective study that analyzed BKVN in renal transplant recipients and says it is possible to treat BKVN by only reducing immunosuppressive drugs