The burden of kidney disease lacks a precise definition and is often ignored in the face of persistent challenges posed by communicable diseases. However, estimates show that it affects around 850 million people around the world. So, on this World Kidney Day which is observed to raise awareness about the importance of kidney health and kidney disease, let’s reflect upon its prevalence, morbidity, and mortality in India.

Indian doctors have removed a giant kidney as much big as two newborn babies out of a man with a life-threatening genetic condition. It’s believed to be the largest kidney ever removed in India weighing 7.4kg. The 56-year-old patient, suffering from autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, underwent the two-hour operation at the Sir Ganga Ram […]

The Union Health Ministry is Planning to offer peritoneal dialysis(PD) facility to kidney patients at their homes. The Health ministry has framed this proposal under Pradhan Mantri National Dialysis Programme (PMNDP). PMNDP was launched in 2016 to provide free dialysis care to the patients in district hospitals. But PD, which is another form of standard […]

Doctors at Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi has recently removed a kidney tumour, which they claim to be the world’s heaviest kidney tumour. It weighed 6.48kg and was 29cm in length. The 50-year-old patient from Bareilly came to RML two months back with his abdomen swollen up significantly on the left side and mild pain. […]

Senior officials of hospitals where organ transplants are carried out will now be required to undergo training sessions for orientation of Transplantation of Human Organ Act(TAHO) 1994. The decision regarding this was taken during a high-level meeting which was chaired by Maharashtra CM, Devendra Fadnavis with the participation of senior health officials and doctors on […]

Amidst all the hue and cry surrounding the L.H. Hinranandani Hospital kidney transplant issue, ironies loom large. Irony no:1- While five doctors of the hospital including the CEO, Dr. Sujit Chatterjee were behind bars, others more entwined in the issue-including the donor, donee and the medcial social worker were out on bail. Irony no:2- This […]

To help the cause of organ donation the Maharashtra government is contemplating a law that would make it mandatory that all private hospitals cater lifestyle medical assistance to the donor’s immediate kinr. State Ministers Deepak Sawant and Girish Mahajan spoke about the same when they were addressing the media on Friday in Mumbai at the […]