Nephrology concerns the diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, including
electrolyte disturbances and hypertension, and the care of those requiring
renal replacement therapy, including dialysis and renal transplant patients.
Many diseases affecting the kidney are systemic disorders not limited
to the organ itself, and may require special treatment. Examples include
acquired conditions such as systemic vasculitides (e.g. ANCA vasculitis)
and autoimmune diseases (e.g., lupus), as well as congenital or genetic
conditions such as polycystic kidney disease.
Patients are referred to nephrology specialists for various reasons, such
as acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, hematuria, proteinuria,
kidney stones, hypertension, and disorders of acid/base or electrolytes.
A nephrologist is a physician who has been trained in the diagnosis and
management of kidney disease, by regulating blood pressure, regulating
electrolytes, balancing fluids in the body, and administering dialysis.
Nephrologists treat many different kidney disorders including acid-base
disorders, electrolyte disorders, nephrolithiasis (kidney stones), hypertension
(high blood pressure), acute kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.
Our physicians have years of experience treating a wide range of nephrology
conditions. For more information or for a free physician referral to a
nephrologist, call 561.95.LEARN (561.955.3276).