Director of Nephrology Discusses Chronic Kidney Disease

For immediate release: April 29, 2014

Chronic kidney disease can happen to anyone.

Dr. Matthew Weir, professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and director, Division of Nephrology at the University of Maryland Medical Center, is an expert on chronic kidney disease. He works closely with the Division of Transplantation to help patients get dialysis and transplant care to support their failing kidneys.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million Americans have chronic kidney disease. Anyone can develop chronic kidney disease at any age.

Chronic kidney disease is the gradual loss of kidney function that leads to end-stage renal disease or even death. Chronic kidney disease will require dialysis or kidney transplant.

Symptoms may not be present until the advanced stages of the disease. Most people aren’t diagnosed until they have begun to lose kidney function. Symptoms include fatigue, trouble concentrating, and loss of appetite.

Screening for chronic kidney disease is a simple blood and urine test. Early detection and treatment can help prevent or delay kidney failure.