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Dr. Robert Benz

Nephrology and Dialysis
Wynnewood, PA
48 years experience male

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Wynnewood, PA

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Nephrology and Dialysis

Languages spoken

English

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
See below: There are many alternatives to discuss with a doctor.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Possiby.: Best to get tested by your doctor to find out.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Possibly: Will not effect kidney but can make people feel better regarding a skin/nerve effect.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Yes.: In the hospital we use gloves and isolation while taking care of patients with vre as it can be spread if you come in contact with the infected bodily... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Depends.: Its never normal to pee blood but trauma to the genital urinary tract can result in bloody urine. Should see a doctor and get urinalysis and examined.
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Not really: However, with advanced kidney disease, the Dilantin therapeutic level should be lower to prevent toxic levels of free dilantin.
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
No.: Without white cells in the urine, a culture of the urine will be negative unless it is a contaminated specimen.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Yes.: Not clear if pregnancy test was by self or lab; urine or blood test. Recommend to see doctor for testing and exam.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
See below.: Itching can be part of advanced kidney disease but not usually the bootom of feet. Can also get neuropathy of the feet which is usually numbness but c... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Possibly.: Should see a doctor and get examined. The character of the lymph nodes can often determine whether more testing is indicated.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
No: Unless you ingested charcoal.
A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
No: Should not be related unless due to pain or therapy.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Yes: Glucose does not usually show up in the urine until the serum glucose is at least 180.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Rarely.: It is unpredictable but may occur, especially in patients with other co-morbidities and prolonged antibiotic use.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Many: Consider diabetes and alcohol use.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Yes.: While rare, viral infections can affect the kidneys as can the anti-viral therapy.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Depends: These can grow quickly if the patinet is frequently dehydrated as stones start off as crystals and grow as they are in concentrated urine. Good hydrat... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Several answers: Could be a stone or UTI or prostate related issue. Should see urologist.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Depends: Often 3-5 days but if deep seeded infection could be 7-14 days.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Depends: Alcohol effects the liver more than the kidneys. Generally if one stays well hydrated there is no clinical effect on the kidneys.
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Need urinalysis (UA): Ua can determine if the urine is concentrated or contains other substances eg bilirubin or blood. Some meds can cause color changes.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Depends.: If you have low potassium usually people take Potassium Chloride but most people tolerate either. Should be discussed with your doctor as to why he/sh... Read More
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Many possible reason: If you eat salty foods or high carbohydrate foods you can become thirst from a change in serum osmolaltiy or rise in your blood sugar.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Yes.: Unless you can see your doc in the office. You could have a kidney stone or infection.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Yes: Specifically the abdominal pain would most likely be located in the flanks.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
See below: Cloudy urine can be due to many reasons including urinary tract infection, concentrated urine, inflammation of bladder, certain foods and crystals amo... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
See below: Usually it is a urine test. One would have to specifically test for thc...It is not part of the kidney function panel.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Possibly: Malodor can signal a UTI but a urinalysis and culture will determine if it is UTI vs medication or dietary effect.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Depends.: Dehydration can be associated with weakness, dizzinesss, cramps and passing out and reduced urin output. Also thirst.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Depends.: Depends on the severity and reversibility of these. This is a dangerous combination of organs to be failing and should be followed closely by doctors.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
See below: Sounds more like venous insufficiency. Should be evaluated by doctor.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Yes: Typically stones cause symtoms when they move so smaller ones are more liely to cause sx, but"large" is relative term and obstruction or infection fro... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Several reasons.: Ususally due to reduced kidney function with retention of creatinine. Since it comes from muscle metabolism, creatinine can rise from serious muscle d... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
Yes: A cast is not a reason not to have kidney surgery if there are no other contra-indications.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Benz
Nephrology and Dialysis 48 years experience
See below: The kidney are located at the lower rib areas. However you can get referrred pain which could be experienced at a higher area on the back.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Benz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Benz is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I have had this for a while. Gallbladder removed 4 months. Feel bad
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Thank you I did and utis a stone. He put me on antibiotics and flomax
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It's my brother. It's happening before my eyes. Thank you...

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Medical or Grad School
Graduated 1974MD

Medical/Graduate school

Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Graduated 1978MD

Residency

Main Line Hospital Lankenau
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