What are the Different Types of Dialysis?

In Germany, hemodialysis (HD) predominates with 86.1%. In this process, an “artificial kidney“(= hemodialyzer) is connected directly to the bloodstream. Although it bears no visual resemblance to real kidneys, it can mimic their function within certain limits. However, its detoxification capacity does not correspond to more than 10-15% of healthy kidneys. The hemodialyzer consists of … What are the Different Types of Dialysis?

Blood in the Urine (Hematuria)

Behind blood in the urine (hematuria) can be many different causes. Often a disease of the bladder or kidneys is the trigger of the complaints. In men, diseases of the prostate are also a possible cause. In some cases, however, traces of blood can also appear in the urine of healthy individuals. If you notice … Blood in the Urine (Hematuria)

Early Detection of Kidney Damage

The kidneys are the “sewage treatment plant” of the human body. These two organs regulate the water balance and are responsible for the elimination of toxins. In addition, the kidneys produce certain hormones and regulate blood pressure. An unmistakable sign of kidney disease is protein in the urine. Kidney damage as a result of other … Early Detection of Kidney Damage

Living with Therapy

There are just under 60,000 dialysis patients in Germany. For the person affected, blood washing means an immense change in normal everyday life, both in private and at work. Although it is possible to provide treatment close to home and in many places late-night and night dialysis options allow patients a certain degree of flexibility, … Living with Therapy

Renal Replacement Therapies: Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation

When the kidneys no longer manage to perform their function of excreting toxins and water, their duties must be taken over elsewhere. Various methods of blood washing are available, as well as transplanting foreign kidneys. In Germany, nearly 80,000 people are affected. When are kidney replacement procedures used? In principle, the answer is simple: whenever … Renal Replacement Therapies: Dialysis and Kidney Transplantation

Questions and Answers About Rheumatism

Everyone talks about “rheumatism.” But everyone means something different by it, because the “Rheumatische Formenkreis” includes more than 100 different diseases. Among the most common diseases are chronic joint inflammation and the so-called “soft tissue rheumatism“. Osteoarthritis – also known as degenerative rheumatism – refers to signs of wear and tear in the joints. They … Questions and Answers About Rheumatism

Rheumatism: Causes and Development

While in degenerative diseases there is an imbalance between the load and the load-bearing capacity of a joint (easily imaginable in the case of obesity), in soft tissue rheumatism it is still unclear what exactly triggers the disease. At the moment, it is assumed that genetic influences play a role – just as in inflammatory … Rheumatism: Causes and Development