Nephrology is the branch of medicine concerned with the examination of kidney function and disease, treatment of kidney disease and the provision of dialysis and kidney transplantation. Common diseases in this field include renal failure, nephritis, inflammation or infections of the kidney, polycystic kidney disease, and high blood pressure. Surgical procedures are carried out by the department of urology; urology is the field concerned with kidney stones, kidney tumors and urinary tract obstruction.
Yeditepe University Healthcare Institutions’ Nephrology and Hypertension Polyclinic specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease. Our hospital uses advanced technology and equipment for in-patient and out-patient treatment of such problems as hypertension, nephritis, chronic kidney disease, acute renal failure, urinary bleeding, urinary protein loss, and cystic kidney diseases.
Hypertension: Hypertension (high blood pressure) is the most common chronic disease in adults. There are about 1.5 billion people suffering from high blood pressure throughout the world. Two values are examined in the measurement of blood pressure: systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number). If either is higher than normal, this is recognized as high blood pressure. In the United States, about 76.4 million people age 20 and older have high blood pressure; worldwide, elevated blood pressure is estimated to cause 7.5 million deaths, about 12.8% of the total of all deaths. This accounts for 57 million disability adjusted life years (DALYS) or 3.7% of total DALYS. Research in Turkey in 2012 showed that 3 out of 10 people suffered from high blood pressure, yet 45% of them were unaware of the condition and only 29% were receiving adequate treatment to keep the condition under control.
Chronic kidney disease: known as a "sly" disease that creeps up without making itself known, early stage diagnosis of kidney disease is difficult.
Acute renal failure: temporary disruption of all kidney functions occurs, in particular its filtration function. As the filtration function declines, waste products such as urea and creatinine accumulate in the body.
Nephritis: a non-infectious inflammatory kidney disease. A kidney biopsy may be required for a definitive diagnosis.
Urinary bleeding: this can be detected with a visual or microscopic examination. Nephrological or urological disease can cause bleeding in urine.
Urinary protein loss: this is often detected by chance during routine urine testing, but it is often the indication of a serious kidney disorder.
Urinary tract infection: these are germ-related diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract. Examples include pyelonephritis and cystitis.
Edema: the accumulation of water in the body – a commonly found problem. It is often evidenced in swelling of the legs, hands and around the eyelids.
Cystic kidney diseases: these are fluid-filled sacs within the kidney. Their frequency increases with age.
Polycystic kidney disease: a hereditary cystic disease. It can lead to hypertension, urinary bleeding or kidney failure.
Amyloidosis: the protein called Amyloid accumulates in organs such as the kidney, heart and liver. It is generally caused by diseases such as Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) or chronic bronchitis.
At our clinic, the causes of hypertension are investigated with high-tech equipment, and damage to the body by hypertension is regulated through detection and treatment using all the possibilities of modern medicine.
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