Kate L. Iwamoto, M.D., is a pediatrician with Mercy Family Care Physicians in Downtown Baltimore.
Mercy doctors offer a breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C that cures most patients and saves lives. Hepatitis C is an infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus and can lead to permanent liver damage if untreated.
The Gynecologic Oncology Center is a long-standing leader in women's cancer treatment. Mercy Medical Center has been named a Best Regional Hospital.
Mercy offers emergency care on the Downtown Baltimore campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (410-332-9477) with access to a trained emergency medicine team, diagnostic services and consultations with specialists.
In case of an Emergency, Dial 911 and follow the instructions of the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) team.
Mercy Medical Center's downtown campus includes our Main Hospital - The Mary Catherine Bunting Center, McAuley Plaza and The Weinberg Center.
General visiting hours at Mercy are 11:00 am to 8:30 pm. Hours vary by floor, please check with the nursing staff or call 410-332-9555.
Patients throughout the Baltimore region seek the expertise of The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center. Our exceptional team of urology specialists who cover a broad range of kidney conditions like hydronephrosis, the swelling of the kidney due to the buildup of urine.
When urine cannot flow out of the kidney, the kidney can swell. This is called Hydronephrosis. It may be caused by an obstruction in the urethra (tube that releases urine) or the bladder or from kidney stones. The condition can result in urinary tract infections and kidney infection. The condition can also lead to kidney function failure.
Symptoms of hydronephrosis include:
The symptoms, however, will depend on how extensive the blockage is, if one or both kidneys are affected, if the swelling is sudden or gradual and the true cause of the condition.
Hydronephrosis diagnosis may include:
The treatment for kidney swelling is to remove the obstruction so urine can flow and to drain the urine from the kidney. So, depending on where the obstruction has occurred – upper urinary tract, lower urinary tract – our doctors will determine the best treatment option which can include antibiotics or tube insertions to drain the urine. Surgery is not always necessary.
The Urology Specialists of Maryland at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore is recognized throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for its comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of urological diseases and conditions. Mercy's urologists treat a broad range of urological disorders including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, kidney stones, interstitial cystitis and urinary incontinence. Our doctors utilize state-of-the-art treatment options including brachytherapy, cryotherapy and non-invasive lithotripsy, among others.
Dr. Robert Thompson, Jr., is a Board Certified urologist providing minimally invasive and robotic surgery options for patients diagnosed with prostate disease.
Hear from a patient who learned he had prostate cancer and had to make important decisions about his care.