You’ve Gotta Be Kidney Me: Pursuing a New IBD-related Diagnosis

You’ve Gotta Be Kidney Me: Pursuing a New IBD-related Diagnosis
When I wrote last week’s column about my dermatological issues caused by IBD, I wasn’t planning on discussing any other extraintestinal manifestations of IBD anytime soon. Then, last Thursday, I had my first appointment with a new nephrologist. I had never had kidney issues until I experienced acute renal failure when my liver failed in 2017. With all the MRIs, ultrasounds, CT scans, and bloodwork to monitor my primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) and Crohn’s over the past two decades, not one of my doctors had ever voiced any concerns about my kidneys. It wasn’t until I was placed on dialysis to be “healthy” enough to receive a liver transplant that the nephrologist on my transplant team remarked that I most likely always had some sort of autoimmune kidney disease that had either gone undetected or undiagnosed. The transplant team was able to save my kid
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