The Nephrology Department diagnoses and treats all kidney-related conditions, including acute and chronic glomerular nephropathies, primary glomerulonephritis, and secondary glomerulonephritis arising from systemic diseases such as lupus erythematodes, scleroderma, amyloidosis, cryoglobulinemia, vasculitis, diabetes, and gout. The Department specialists treat over 3,000 patients annually.
The team performs renal needle biopsies under ultrasound control with subsequent analysis under optical microscopy, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy.
The Department specialists are also active at Humanitas multidisciplinary meetings, providing council to colleagues from other departments.
The team manages less severe pathologies in the outpatient setting. These include:
- Glomerular pathologies
- Chronic renal failure
- Pre-dialysis management
What is more, the doctors opt for the Day Hospital setting to administer immunosuppressive drugs (high-dose and biological corticosteroids) for the treatment of the main glomerulonephritis types.
The Dialysis unit offers over 30 technical workstations for acute and chronic patients in hemodialysis treatment. In addition, the team offers continuous dialysis treatment for critical general ICU patients, Coronary Care Unit and Cardiac Surgery ICU patients.
The Department also performs peritoneal dialysis, which presumes providing complete care for the patient, starting from positioning of the peritoneal catheter, to subsequent training and follow-up, thanks to the involvement of dedicated medical and nursing staff.
Dialysis patients also benefit from psychological support, a dietician’s consultations, and the care of dedicated nursing team.