Department of Nephrology

Nephrological Clinic of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences was established in 1992 and till 2012 it was guided by prof. V. Kuzminskis. During this time it became one of the most progressive nephrological centers in Baltic countries, because it provides full service for nephrological patients: clinical nephrology, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and kidney transplantation. Subdepartments of clinical toxicology and therapeutic apheresis are included into the structure of Clinic, also.

                      Nephrological Clinic has a good clinical basis. For this reason it carries significant academic and scientific work. Pedagogic staff of Clinic consists of 3 professors, 3 associate professors, 3 lectors and 5 assistants. Neprological Clinic is conducting module “Kidney and urinary tract pathology, clinical toxicology” (ECTS 6) for 5th year medical students.

                      In Nephrological Clinic there are two residency programs. Nephrological residency lasts 4 years (it’s curriculum contains 2 years studies in internal medicine and 2 years studies in nephrology) residency of clinical toxicology – 3 years. 38 physicians graduated residency of nephrology and 6 physicians graduated residency of clinical toxicology since 1996.

                      Scientific work is based on the clinical data, mainly. Seven Ph.D. theses were defended in the Clinic in this century:

• Changes of quality of hemodialysis in Lithuania in 1996–2000 (E.Žiginskienė, 2002).

• Clinical-morphological characteristics of glomerulopathies and prognosis of chronic renal failure progression (L.Razukevičienė, 2002).

• Changes of trace metal’s concentration in the blood of patients with chronic renal failure (I.Skarupskienė, 2003).

• Factors influencing hospitalisations of hemodialysis patients (R.Vaičiūnienė, 2010).

• Factors influencing survival of hemodialysis patients in Lithuania (A.Stankuvienė, 2010).

• Importance of preoperative investigation and postoperative monitoring of arteriovenous fistula function in patiens on hemodialysis (S.Kybartienė, 2012).

• Life quality in patients with various stages (I–IV) of CRD on renal replacement therapy (hemodialysis, transplantation) (N.Kušleikaitė, 2012).

                      There are four upcoming Ph.D. theses:

• Prevalence of CKD and it’s risk factors in primary care patients (A.Žilinskienė).

• Control of renal anemia in hemodialysis patients in Lithuania (K.Petrulienė).

• Acute renal injury: epidemiology, predisposing factors, prognosis (V.Balčiuvienė).

• Investigation of prognostic possibilities of survival of renal transplant recipients and transplantated kidney (E.Dalinkevičienė).

                      Nephrological Clinic is very active participant of Renal Sister Centers (RSC) program of International Society of Nephrology. During 15 years of collaboration Ghent University (Belgium) supported the progress of nephrology in Kaunas. More than 20 conferencies with famous international speakers, such as prof. N.Lameire and prof. E.Ritz, were organized by our Clinic. 26 doctors visited Ghent University hospital during this program. In 2010 Nephrological Clinic became supervisor of RSC program for the Brest (Belarussia) Nephrological Centre.

                      For the achievements in clinical, academical and scientific work, team of  Nephrological Clinic is dominating in Lithuanian Association of Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation (LNDTA). Since 2003 till now prof. V.Kuzminskis is the president of LNDTA.