About Kidney Disease and Transplantation
UT Southwestern Medical Center is ranked as one of the nation’s best hospitals for general nephrology and the treatment of chronic kidney diseases, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2019–20.
Advanced kidney disease – which can eventually cause the kidneys to fail – can result from chronic conditions such as diabetic nephropathy, glomerulonephritis, atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, immunoglobulin A nephropathy, nephrotic syndrome, polycystic kidney disease, and renal vascular disease.
People of African-American, Hispanic, and American-Indian origin are at significantly higher risk of developing advanced kidney disease than people of other races.
People with kidney disease might experience high blood pressure; frequent, difficult, or painful urination; swelling of the hands and feet and puffiness around the eyes; blood or protein in the urine; and abnormal results of kidney-function testing.
The goal of kidney transplantation is to both prolong and improve quality of life.