Nephrology / Renal Medicine

Nephrology

, or renal medicine involves diagnosis and treatment of

kidney diseases

and disorders. Common problems with the kidneys include: acute loss of kidney function or chronic worsening of function;

hypertension

,

kidney stones

;

urinary tract infections

; blood loss in the urine; and protein loss in the urine. Treatment for many kidney disorders by a Nephrologist, commonly involves medications. However, if kidney function worsens or begins to fail, dialysis may be needed and, later,

kidney transplantation

.

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