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Nephrology (Renal Medicine)

Nephrology (Renal Medicine)

What is a Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist)?

Nephrologists specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the kidneys and their systemic effects.

When to see a Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist)?

You may need to visit a nephrologist if you have a chronic kidney disease or for diagnosis of worsening kidney function. A nephrologist can advise and adjust medications and provide dialysis or refer for transplantation if required. The most common nephrology conditions include diabetic kidney treatment, glomerulonephritis and nephrotic syndrome.

Information on sub-specialties

  • Kidney Stones- Kidney stones are lumps that can develop in the kidneys and are usually made up of chemicals found in the urine (e.g. calcium, ammonia, uric acid and cystine). It is sometimes referred to as nephrolithiasis and it can be very painful (renal colic). They are fairly common and mostly affect people of the ages 30 to 60 years old. Men are more likely to develop kidney stones compared to women. They can be caused by many things and some can resolve without invasive treatments, by passing in the urine with the assistance of medication. Some are more serious and may require an intervention to break the stone down or remove it.

Common conditions treated by a Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist)

Common procedures performed by a Nephrologist (Kidney Specialist)

Disclaimer

This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Doctify Limited has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but makes no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. In the event of an emergency, please call 999 for immediate assistance.

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