The kidneys are vital organs that perform several functions in the human body, but they are susceptible to a variety of illnesses and disorders. Although many kidney diseases can be successfully treated, early detection is crucial, and symptoms of kidney disease often go unnoticed until the late stages of an illness. The National Kidney Foundation estimates that 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease and that millions more are at risk and do not know it. Chronic kidney disease and kidney failure—including nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis—are the ninth leading cause of death among Americans, and kidney disease is connected to other serious health issues, such as diabetes and heart disease.
The Encyclopedia of Kidney Diseases and Disorders contains more than 100 detailed articles covering all aspects of the kidneys and kidney diseases. This comprehensive new A-to-Z resource explains how the kidneys work, as well as what diseases and disorders affect them, how they can be diagnosed, and how they can be treated. Appendixes provide directories of helpful organizations and resources, as well as kidney disease statistics.
- Acute kidney injury
- Chronic kidney disease
- Diabetic nephropathy
- End-stage renal disease
- Kidney cancer
- Kidney stones
- Polycystic kidney disease.
Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Glossary. Cross-references.
About the Author(s)
I. David Weiner, M.D., is the co-holder of the C. Craig and Audrae Tisher Chair in Nephrology as well as the professor of medicine, physiology, and functional genomics in the Division of Nephrology, Hypertension, and Transplantation at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.
Christine Adamec is a medical writer who has coauthored many books with physicians for Facts On File, including The Encyclopedia of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse; The Encyclopedia of Diabetes, Second Edition; The Encyclopedia of Elder Care; The Encyclopedia of Endocrine Diseases and Disorders; The Encyclopedia of the Digestive System and Digestive Disorders, Second Edition; The Encyclopedia of Drug Abuse; and The Encyclopedia of Adoption, Third Edition. She has also coauthored such medical books as Fibromyalgia for Dummies, Prostate Cancer for Dummies, and How to Stop Heartburn.