An accessible reference guide aimed at kidney failure sufferers and their families providing authoritative and practical information about managing a kidney condition from the initial diagnosis to strategies for coping. Medical terms are explained in layman's language and questions are answered that patients may be afraid to ask their doctors. A list of organisations to contact for further help and support is also included.
Dr Andy Stein MD, MRCP (UK) is Consultant Nephrologist and General Physician at the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust. Janet Wild RGN is Clinical Education Manager at Baxter Healthcare Ltd.
Chapter 1: Your kidneys and how they work; Chapter 2: What happens when kidneys fail?; Chapter 3: Treatment of kidney failure; Chapter 4: Investigations and procedures; Chapter 5: Dialysis; Chapter 6: Transplants; Chapter 7: Living with kidney failure; Chapter 8: Coping with kidney failure; Chapter 9: Research, ethics and getting involved; Appendix 1: Summary of normal and target blood tests results for patients on dialysis; Appendix 2: Useful addresses; Appendix 3: Resources; Index.