Abortion Care, Access & Managing ADPKD-Associated Pain

Physician's Weekly Podcast

Sep 28 2022 • 23 mins

Welcome to this episode of Physician’s Weekly podcast. I am your host, Dr. Rachel Giles, from Medicom Medical Publishers, in collaboration with Physician’s Weekly.

In this episode, we have two fascinating interviews. Physician’s Weekly’s Editorial Board Member Alex McDonald, MD, interviews Kavita Arora, MD, Division Director of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine  (https://www.med.unc.edu/obgyn/directory/kavita-aurora-md-mbe-ms/) about how to flip the narrative that providing abortion service *is* healthcare. In this interview Dr. Arora is “Not sure that I would agree that the measures are well-intended; I think they are misogynistic and controlling of women. They invade patient-clinician privacy and the sacred relationship that happens in my exam room.”

But first,  Physician’s Weekly’s senior editor Martta Kelly speaks with Dr. Osama Amro, Director of Swedish Polycystic Kidney Disease Center in Seattle, WA, about their multidisciplinary patient-centered approach to pain management strategies in the management of autosomal dominant polycystic disease (ADPKD). ADPKD is one of the most common genetic diseases in humans, affecting 1 in 400 individuals, and is the fourth most common cause of renal failure worldwide.  If one parent has ADPKD, the children have a 50% chance of inheriting the gene (though up to 10% of patients don’t have a family history and have de novo mutations). Pain management is central to progressive ADPKD, as the cysts grow, the weight of the kidneys can affect other systems. Dr. Amro provides practical tips on both pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches.

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