Kidney Illness

Kidney Specialist in Singapore

Kidney issues are by far one of the hardest to deal with because patients do not have symptoms during early stages of the disease. Thus, it is imperative for patients who are at risk of such diseases to go for regular checkups with a kidney specialist. - Visit Dr Tan Seng Hoe, a kidney specialist in Singapore, and take charge of your health today!

About our Kidneys

The kidneys are essential for filtering waste and excess fluid from our bloodstream. Our kidneys filter about 180 litres of blood daily to remove excess water and waste products from our body. Our kidneys are also responsible for:
  • Maintaining the chemical composition of your blood by controlling excretion of water and salt
  • Maintaining the acid base balance in the body
  • Helping to control our blood pressure
  • Helping to keep our bones healthy
  • Helping the bone marrow to produce red blood cells


Common issues associated with kidney problems

Blood in urine (Haematuria)
  1. A sign that something is wrong with our kidney or the urinary tract.
  2. Common causes include menstruation, strenuous exercise, sexual activity, injury to urinary tract, urinary tract infection.
  3. More serious causes include inflammation in our kidney filters (glomerulonephritis), kidney cancer, urinary tract cancer or bladder cancer, irritation and polycystic kidney disease.
  4. Depending on severity of the condition, medical treatment or surgery may be required.
Protein in urine (Proteinuria)
  1. Daily urinary excretion of protein is estimated to be <150mg. Albumin is one of the main proteins that is excreted and it is used as a marker for urinary protein excretion. An elevated urine albumin-creatinine ratio (UACR) of more than 30 mg/g is a sign of kidney disease.
  2. Proteinuria is the result of an underlying kidney filter problem. The underlying kidney condition will have to be evaluated and treated as proteinuria is a reliable marker of kidney damage.
  3. Consult a kidney specialist to manage your condition accordingly.
Kidney stones
  1. Symptoms include pain while urinating, blood in the urine, sharp pains at the back or lower abdomen, nausea, and/or vomiting.
  2. One of the best ways to prevent kidney stones is to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
Acute kidney injury (AKI)
  1. Acute kidney injury is a condition when our kidneys stop working suddenly over a very short period of time. It is often reversible if detected earlier and treated promptly.
  2. Symptoms include dark urine, reduced urine output, swelling in the body, breathlessness, fatigue and nausea.
  3. Treatment is tailored according to the cause of the kidney injury.
Kidney infection
  1. The symptoms include fever, chills, vomiting, pain in our back/loin/groin, nausea, frequent urination, constant urge to urinate, pain or burning sensation when urinating, pus (thick, white/yellow liquid) or blood in our urine, cloudy or bad-smelling urine
  2. Treatment – Antibiotics prescribed by the doctor will be required.
  3. Drinking plenty of water will help reduce the risk of a kidney infection.

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Dr. Tan Seng Hoe

Dr. Tan Seng Hoe
Renal Physican
Internal Medicine Physician

SH Tan Medical Pte Ltd
38 Irrawaddy Road #06-32
Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
Singapore 329563
+65 6694 0640

SH Tan Kidney and Medical Clinic Pte Ltd
6 Napier Road #07-18
Gleneagles Medical Centre
Singapore 258499
+65 6476 5087