Kidney Disease


Polycystic Kidney Disease

 This is a genetic disease and is one of the most common “Mutations” in genetic diseases. Usually one of your parents will have this disease even if no-one else in the family has it. Cysts develop in the kidneys and interfere with their ability to filter waste products from the blood. The growth of cysts causes the kidneys to become enlarged and can lead to high blood pressure, kidney stones and pain. Eventually, kidney failure requires dialysis or transplantation. 

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

 Chronic Kidney Disease advances over months or years and has five stages, with stage one being very benign, and stage 5 seriously affecting quality of life and long term life expectancy if untreated.
Should your Chronic Kidney Disease advance to full Kidney Failure, your treatment options are Dialysis or a Renal Transplant. You may also choose not to treat. 

Acute Kidney Failure

 This means your kidneys have suddenly stopped working but this is usually reversible. 


 Inflammation of the filters of the kidneys cause blood and protein to be lost in the urine. Causes are often unknown but may stem from the body’s immune system. If caught early, many types of glomerulonephritis can be stopped. 

Renal Transplant

 Kidneys are more readily available than many organs because we each have two. A transplant kidney is often donated by a family member or spouse. 

Usually, your own kidneys are left inside your body, and the donor kidney is placed in the lower abdomen. The kidney usually begins to work right away. 

We work closely with transplant centers to give all patients the best chance for a transplant.

What is Dialysis?

 Dialysis is the artificial process of getting rid of waste and unwanted water from the blood. Your healthy kidneys would normally perform this. 

Humboldt County offers dialysis at St. Joseph Hospital and also at two clinics - Eureka and McKinleyville.

Patients can also treat at home once trained.