The Diabetic Nephropathy Clinic in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Mayo Clinic Rochester was created in 2004 to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients with diabetic nephropathy, also known as diabetic kidney disease. This clinic brings together a dedicated group of nephrologists, hypertension nurses and dietitians who use a specialized treatment program developed at Mayo Clinic to customize therapy for each patient.
The Diabetic Nephropathy Clinic offers patients who have diabetes the opportunity for early screening to identify diabetic nephropathy and begin treatment to slow down disease progression. Frequently, patients may not know that they have diabetic nephropathy because they may exhibit no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Because diabetic nephropathy can lead to increased risk for kidney failure and heart disease, medical evaluation is important to diagnose the condition promptly and to properly maintain kidney and heart function.
Physicians within the Diabetic Nephropathy Clinic work closely with specialists in the Division of Endocrinology and local physicians in coordinating treatment and follow-up care.
Patients treated in the Diabetic Nephropathy Clinic receive a specialized treatment plan customized to their needs.
Current research initiatives include:
Nephrologists from the Diabetic Nephropathy Clinic have recently completed subject recruitment for a multicenter trial, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, which will further evaluate the use of pirefenidone in diabetic nephropathy treatment.
Researchers will also participate in an upcoming trial for sulodexide, another medication used in diabetic nephropathy treatment.
Patients can request an appointment in Mayo Clinic's Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in Rochester. No physician referral is required.
For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at 507-538-3270 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday or complete an online appointment request form.
Vincent Canzanello, M.D.