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How frequently do I need to see my nephrologist?

How frequently do I need to see my nephrologist?

Depends: If you have mild kidney disease, then you probably need to see the nephrologist 2 to 3 times a year. However if you have more advanced renal impairment that requires multiple medications and frequent checking of your labs, they you may need to see that doctor 4 to 6 times a year. ...Read more

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Nephrology And Dialysis (Definition)

Nephrology is the study of the kidney: its structure, its function, and its diseases. The kidney is an incredibly complex organ that participates in a large number of essential bodily functions. Nephrologists are fellowship trained after completing an internal medicine residency, and they are experts in non-surgical treatment of the ...Read more


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My GFR has been stage 3 for over 2 years now. My PCP has not even spoke to me about it. Should I see a Nephrologists? I do not need a referral.

My GFR has been stage 3 for over 2 years now. My PCP has not even spoke to me about it. Should I see a Nephrologists? I do not need a referral.

Yes, you need ...: Medically, you need to see nephrologist for F/U; but bureaucratically in insurance, it might be a different story. So, ask Doc before move-on. Remember: While the real authority is the available truth & facts of life, men-made authority for bureaucratic convenience supersedes & suppresses it. ...Read more

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Egfr has fluctuated between stg 2 and 3 for the pst 6 yrs. Ckd is of unkwn origin. When should I see a nephrologist? Have sjogrens, and other problems

Egfr has fluctuated between stg 2 and 3 for the pst 6 yrs. Ckd is of unkwn origin. When should I see a nephrologist? Have sjogrens, and other problems

NOW!!!: You must see a nephrologist now. There may be some chance to recover renal function when you are stage 2-3, as it advances, it becomes irreversible. If you have sjogren, they need to screen for other autoimmune disease like lupus as they both can coexist , cause damage to kidneys. Often , kidney biopsy is indicated to diagnose the cause. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about staghorn calculi? Would i see a nephrologist or a urologist.?

Staghorn stones: Staghorn calculi are associated with infection. Their composition is mixed calcium ammonia phosphate. These stones look like coral and are stuck in the pelvis of the kidney. Urologist has to manage these surgically most commonly. You need a work up though to determine why these formed and to prevent more. ...Read more

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If i'm under the care of a nephrologist, does that mean I won't see my family doctor anymore?

Absolutely Not: Once you start peritoneal dialysis (pd), you will now have a team of doctors. The nephrologist will handle your medical care associated with pd. However you will still need annual check ups from your pmd and teh ability to drop in when you may develop a cold. ...Read more

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I have membranous nephropathy and i see a nephrologist. Can the disease ever go away or am i most certain to eventually be on dialysis someday. Thanks?

I have membranous nephropathy and i see a nephrologist. Can the disease ever go away or am i most certain to eventually be on dialysis someday. Thanks?

Membranous GN: Membranous glomerulonephritis can remit in 25% of people, can partially remit and remain stable in 50% of people, and will progress in 25% of people. Effective therapy can make a difference. Therapies include Prograf, Cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) Chlorambucil, Prednisone, ACE Inhibitors, and angiotensin receptor blockers. ...Read more

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Should I go see a Nephrologist or a Urologist for recurrent uti's caused by intercourse?

Urologist: See an experienced female-oriented urologist; be sure you evacuate your bladder after intercourse; be sure you drink a lot and evaluate your bladder frequently; urologist may do bladder ultrasound and post-void residual of urine volume which is important. ...Read more

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Do i see a nephrologist or a urologist for protein in urine?

Do i see a nephrologist or a urologist for protein in urine?

Primary care first: In many cases your primary care provider should begin the evaluation of this abnormality. It may not need to go any further, but if needed your pcp can refer you to the appropriate specialist. ...Read more

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What does 1+ protein in urine mean? I had a blood test and my dr wants me to see an nephrologist

What does 1+ protein in urine mean? I had a blood test and my dr wants me to see an nephrologist

Proteinuria: Proteinuria is a condition, not a diagnosis. It can be caused by several diseases, among them hiv, diabetes, lupus, membranous glomerulonephritis, among others. You need to see a nephrologist to have a 24 hour urine collected to assess your kidney function and how much protein your urine has in it. The nephrologist will also take blood tests to rule out the conditions, and others, discussed above. ...Read more

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I have post residue urine of 301.97 (normal range 30 ml). My doctor(nephrologist) wants me to see a urologist? What doe it mean? How serious is this?

Not emptying: It means you are not emptying your bladder which indicates either a bladder outlet obstruction such as by prostate or that your bladder musculature is not contracting strongly enough. See a urologist for diagnosis and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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At checkup, blood was found in my urine (not visible). Lab re-did test 2 weeks later w/ the same results. Should i see a urologist or a nephrologist?

At checkup, blood was found in my urine (not visible).  Lab re-did test 2 weeks later w/ the same results.  Should i see a urologist or a nephrologist?

Hematuria: Start with a urologist. Many issues are related to the bladder. And that is what needs to be evaluated further. Kidneys are usually evaluated with a scan. ...Read more

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Referred to nephrologist to see if kidneys contributing to hypertension. He ordered blood tests, including ANA..why? What would it tell?

Referred to nephrologist to see if kidneys
contributing to hypertension. He ordered blood tests, including ANA..why? What would it tell?

ANA: ANA or antinuclear antibody titers are typically used for screening for connective tissue disease, lupus or lupus like diseases that are typically affecting the kidneys in time. ...Read more

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S Urea is 18 mg/L. No Albumin/RBC in urine. Frequent dark urine. Should I see a nephrologist if Creatinine raises from 1 to 1.27 in just 3 months?

S Urea is 18 mg/L. No Albumin/RBC in urine. Frequent dark urine. Should I see a nephrologist if Creatinine raises from 1 to 1.27 in just 3 months?

No: With normal BUN, creatinine, and urinalysis, be thankful for good health. Creatinine varies some from day to day. When I was lifting weights every day, my creatinine ran 1.6-1.8 and that reflected my muscle mass -- a GOOD thing. I am MUCH more concerned about your elevated SGPT; you're getting it worked up, right? Forget about the other labs. ...Read more

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Renal sonogram of kidney for high BP showed no stenosis but showed a 4mm angiomyolipoma in the upper pole of kidney. Should i see a nephrologist?

Angiomyolipoma: A small angiomyolipoma of 4 mm does not require special care by a nephrologist. See a urologist. Be followed with ultrasound every 6 months to determine if it grows. An interventional radiologist can perform cryoablation of these or they can be removed surgically. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of nondiabetic renal glycosuria happen only in the evening? (invert sleep cycle too) see nephrologist soon, +ketostix urine=sweet smell

Can symptoms of nondiabetic renal glycosuria happen only in the evening? (invert sleep cycle too) see nephrologist soon, +ketostix urine=sweet smell

This doesn't add up: Non-diabetic renal glycosuria (i.e., the kidney spills glucose despite normal blood levels) doesn't produce symptoms. Urine odor doesn't reflect glucose levels at all reliably. Ketostix often yield +1 for no reason, or because you're hungry. With dysautonomia and gastroparesis, is there perhaps a misunderstanding, with diabetes a possibility? You have a right to full information. ...Read more

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Microscopic hematuria and back pain, in kidney area. Slightly elevated calcium oxalate level. Urologist or Nephrologist? Which type Dr should I see?

Microscopic hematuria and back pain, in kidney area. Slightly elevated calcium oxalate level. Urologist or Nephrologist? Which type Dr should I see?

See urologist first: Let a urologist complete the evaluation for current concern - microhematuria and backache although you may ask the doc initiating the above check-up for you. However, to get the things done right for the obove has not to be difficult if following instructions described in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html; thereby, you gain much insight on how to work closely with the doc so to reach Dx... ...Read more