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Nephrology

July 21, 2022

Brothers mark 40th transplant anniversary

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Pete Suby thought he had the flu. He’d been exhausted for a while and had recently vomited at work. An appointment at Mayo Clinic would reveal a much more serious reason for his symptoms: Pete’s kidneys were failing. He was just 25 years old. “They couldn’t believe I was standing up,” says Pete, who went […]

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Tags: Dr. Sylvester Sterioff Jr., kidney transplant, organ donation, Pete Suby, Tim Suby


April 21, 2022

Gabriel Ryan wasn’t supposed to live. Today, he is thriving

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Eric and Micayla Ryan were experienced parents. They had three children already and thought this ultrasound would be as routine as the ones that had come before. They knew what to expect. Or so they thought. But instead of reassurance, this ultrasound revealed a problem: cysts on the kidneys of the Goodhue, Minnesota, couple’s fourth […]

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Tags: Dr. Mikel Prieto, Eric Ryan, Gabriel Ryan, kidney transplant, Micayla Ryan, PKD, Polycystic kidney disease


April 4, 2022

Innovative program enables patients who are obese to get kidney transplants

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

For many patients seeking kidney transplant, obesity is a barrier. Body mass index (BMI) is a traditional criterion for transplant, and a large portion of potential kidney transplant recipients currently have BMIs above the cutoff. Two physicians at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, are paving the way to transplant for patients with higher BMIs. Patients, […]

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Tags: bariatric surgery, Dr. Aleksandra Kukla, Dr. Ty Diwan, kidney transplant, nephrology, PKD, Polycystic kidney disease, Wells Larsen


December 1, 2021

Kidney transplant gets chef back to the kitchen

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

As a chef, Melvin Austin was used to working odd hours. Soda, sweet tea, and chocolate cake kept him awake during graveyard shifts, along with a 2 a.m. snack. Melvin wasn’t too worried until one day in 2002, when he arrived at work out of breath. “I thought I was overworked, and I needed rest. […]

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Tags: dialysis, kidney transplant, MayoClinicFL, Melvin Austin, Transplant, Transplant Center


June 20, 2021

A father’s gift to his son

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Father’s Day will be extra-special this year for the Teeples family in La Crosse, Wisconsin. After spending much of his two years in a hospital bed with a rare kidney disease, toddler Easton Teeples has returned home from Mayo Clinic after a lifesaving transplant from dear old dad. It’s a special bond between father and […]

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Tags: congential nephrotic syndrome, Dr. Mikel Prieto, Easton Teeples, kidney disease, kidney transplant, Living-donor kidney donation, Steve Teeples


November 25, 2019

After ‘Just Surviving’ on Dialysis, Canna Celebrates Life With a New Kidney

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

Canna Caldwell endured a four-year wait for a new kidney. And for 2½ of those years, she required dialysis four days a week — a grueling experience that sapped her energy and narrowed her world. But then Canna got the call she had been waiting so long to receive, and a kidney transplant transformed her […]

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Tags: kidney transplant, Mayo Clinic Transplant Center


June 19, 2018

Tackling and Taming a Rare Autoimmune Disease

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

When Kelli Anderson first decided to get her odd symptoms evaluated, she thought she had something resembling the flu. She never dreamed doctors at Mayo Clinic would diagnose her with an uncommon disorder that was attacking her kidneys.

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Tags: dialysis, Dr. Allan Klompas, Dr. Andrew Rule, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Dr. Stephen Erickson, Dr. Vesna Garovic, Goodpasture's syndrome


May 7, 2018

Kidney Stone Clinic Helps Kathleen Ryan Overcome a Daunting Health Challenge

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

After years of enduring pain from frequently passing kidney stones, Kathleen Ryan now enjoys a better quality of life thanks to cutting-edge imaging technology and a comprehensive treatment plan at Mayo Clinic’s Kidney Stone Clinic.

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Tags: Dr. William Haley, Kidney Stone Clinic, Kidney Stones, Mayo Clinic in Florida, MayoClinicFL, Nephrology and Hypertension


April 24, 2018

Doctor Looks to His Alma Mater to Fight a Rare Disease

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As a medical student, Dr. James Stewart was eager to learn to help others. But he was unaware of just how valuable his Mayo Clinic education eventually would be to his own health.  

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Tags: Chronic kidney disease, Department of Hematology, Dr. David Dingli, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Monoclonal gammopathy, Nephrology and Hypertension


January 26, 2017

Paired Kidney Donation Opens the Door to a More Active, Independent Life for Kathy Allen

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

From Kathy Allen’s point of view, paired organ donation just may be the ultimate in generosity. Deciding to donate a kidney to someone you don’t know in a paired exchange can trigger a chain of matches that gives several people the opportunity for a renewed life. “I can’t thank the donors enough for their selflessness,” […]

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Tags: Kidney Failure, kidney transplant, Paired Organ Donation


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