Category Archives: Diseases

A-List Kidney Problem

Blood in the urine (hematuria) occurs in 10% of children on occasion. It may be microscopic, detected only with a dipstick or high magnification. It may be gross, with urine that looks like cola, red wine, or cherry Kool Aid. … Continue reading

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Nutcracker Hell

The first week of December, for much of my adult life, brought incredible stress. Not from holiday shopping or social demands; this 10-day period was christened Nutcracker Hell Week. My daughter Danced (the capital D is intentional) and dance companies … Continue reading

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A Rough Road Ahead

Last month, a baby came into the world without kidneys. This is not generally a topic for news coverage (it happens more often than you think), but this girl’s mother is U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler. Despite prenatal warnings about the … Continue reading

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Uncommon Rocks

Kidney stones seem to be as common as rocks. A variety of factors can contribute to their formation, but sometimes an interesting cause can be identified. Protein in the urine can be a tip-off that something unusual is happening. Dent’s … Continue reading

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