Nephrology and Hypertension
More than 26 million Americans have diseases of the kidney and urinary tract caused by diabetes, high blood pressure, congenital kidney disease, lupus nephritis, infections (such as HIV or hepatitis), drugs, cancer, etc. Our nephrologists provide state-of-the-art diagnosis and comprehensive care of all these conditions, as well as clinical and diagnostic approaches to disorders of minerals and electrolyte (such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphate) and acid-base disturbances.
The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension also has an extensive clinical research program that contributes to improving treatment options. USC Nephrology features a complete range of dialysis treatments, including a program of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis (CCPD), as well as chronic hemodialysis therapy. Patients receive treatment and education at the USC-DaVita Kidney Center. Patients who require kidney transplantation are cared for by the highly experienced transplant team at Keck Hospital of USC. Each treatment has benefits and drawbacks. No matter which treatment you choose, you’ll need to make some changes in your life, including how you eat and plan your activities. Nevertheless, with the help of healthcare providers, family and friends, most people with kidney failure can lead full and active lives.