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, … Read more

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 … Read more

Kidney Transplant: How does it Work?

Kidneys are vital – if they no longer work properly, a replacement is needed. In addition to blood washing, a donor kidney offers this possibility. About 2,600 people in Germany receive a new kidney each year – after an average of 5 to 6 years of waiting. Another 8,000 patients hope that a suitable organ … Read more

Kidney Transplantation and the Afterlife

Once the longed-for call has arrived, everything has to happen very quickly – the donor kidney is transplanted no later than 24 hours after collection. The affected person is not allowed to eat or drink anything and must leave immediately for the clinic. There he will be carefully examined again. The actual operation is performed … Read more

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 … Read more

Urethritis (Inflammation of the Urethra)

The urethra is the connection between the urinary bladder and the outside world. Although the urinary stream regularly flushes out potential pathogens, some germs still manage to travel up the urethra. Infectious urethritis is one of the most common consequences of sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, there are other causes of inflammation of the urethra. … Read more

Urethritis (Inflammation of the Urethra): Symptoms

Urethritis does not always cause symptoms, but there are some typical signs. It can be diagnosed in several ways, such as with the help of a swab or a urine test. Learn how to recognize urethritis here. What are the symptoms of urethritis? A man’s urethra is about 25 to 30 centimeters long, while a … Read more

Urethritis (Inflammation of the Urethra): Therapy

Medication plays an important role in the treatment of urethritis. But also home remedies and some hygiene measures can help to support the therapy or prevent urethritis. What you can do against urethritis, read here. Therapy and preventive measures against urethritis. How urethritis is treated depends on the cause. Germs are fought with appropriate antibiotics … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Typical Gout Symptoms

Before the first gout attack occurs and the disease is discovered, gout disease often exists for years. The phase in which uric acid levels continue to rise slowly but without symptoms is called the asymptomatic phase. Typical gout symptoms do not become noticeable until the level reaches a critical point and a gout attack occurs. … Read more

Collagenoses: Diseased Connective Tissue Throughout the Body

Just like rheumatoid arthritis, collagenoses are among the inflammatory rheumatic diseases in which the immune system produces antibodies against the body’s own components. In this case, the connective tissue is the target of the attack by the autoantibodies, which trigger chronic inflammation there. What are collagenoses? Collagenoses are a group of rare autoimmune diseases in … Read more