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I have my first appt with a nephrologist today to try and rule out diabetes insipidus. What can I expect on this first appt?

I have my first appt with a nephrologist today to try and rule out diabetes insipidus. What can I expect on this first appt?

Diagnostic Process: The first goal is to verify if you have diabetes insipidus. This done through a history, physical, and tests done on simultaneous samples of blood and urine.
Next is to evaluate the likely causes.
At your follow appointments, he/she will discuss results and treatment options. ...Read more

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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Im now stage 4 renal failure...Gfr 25 and creatinine 2.19. My first nephrologist appt is thursday .....What are the chances he will put me in hospital?

Im now stage 4 renal failure...Gfr 25 and creatinine 2.19. My first nephrologist appt is thursday .....What are the chances he will put me in hospital?

Stage 4 ckd: It is not likely you will require hospitalization unless the kidney insufficiency is progressive rapidly. Otherwise, tests will be done to determine cause, like ultrasound and urine tests and other blood tests. ...Read more

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Could you give me a list of nephrologists in tulsa that take medicaid and medicare. I can't seem to find any.

Could you give me a list of nephrologists in tulsa that take medicaid and medicare. I can't seem to find any.

Large hospital : Look up a large academic center or hospital. They tend to accept almost all insurances. ...Read more

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What is a nephrologist?

What is a nephrologist?

Kidney physician: Nephrologist is a physician who specializes in problems with kidney function and how the kidneys and their function or lack thereof affects the rest of the persons health. They may also be involved in the use of dialysis and kidney transplants as part of their treatment regimen. ...Read more

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What does a nephrologist do?

A kidney specialist: Nephrologists take care of patients with kidney problems. These include acute kidney injury, chronic kidney diseases, kidney stones, high blood pressure, glomerulonephritis (inflammation of kidney tissue), and kidney failure. ...Read more

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What are the things a nephrologist does?

What are the things a nephrologist does?

Kidneys plus: Nephrologists specialize in the kidneys, but kidney function is important for other body functions. Nephrologists also deal with bones, anemia and other complications of kidney disease, especially in patients who require dialysis. ...Read more

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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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What do nephrologists do? Is this a specialty. Focusing on what?

What do nephrologists do? Is this a specialty. Focusing on what?

Kidney: Nephrology is a specialty in internal medicine focused on diseases of the kidney. You may consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Nephrology.aspx ...Read more

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Are there any nephrologists in logan ut?

Likely: I think consulting the local phone book or a directory provided by your insurance company can help. If you do not have insurance, you can contact your local health department for advice. ...Read more

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Do nephrologists only take care of the kidneys or other stuff too?

Kidneys plus: Nephrologists specialize in the kidneys, but kidney function is important for other body functions. Nephrologists also deal with bones, anemia and other complications of kidney disease. ...Read more

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Is there a way to avoid dialysis when your nephrologist orders you to have it?

Is there a way to avoid dialysis when your nephrologist orders you to have it?

Avoiding dialysis: When to start dialysis is sometimes an easy decision, and sometimes more difficult. If your nephrologist sees a need then there is a good chance there really is one, but there can be differences between nephrologists as to absolute need for dialysis in cases where the lab or clinical data are not clear cut. Tthere are many risks, benefits and alternatives to discuss, so a second opinion may help. ...Read more

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Nephrologist said she thinks i may have pdk despite my age & no history of it in my family. Made it sound like nothing to really worry about. Is it?

Nephrologist said she thinks i may have pdk despite my age & no history of it in my family. Made it sound like nothing to really  worry about. Is it?

PKD: PKD is diagnosed by renal ultrasound or MRI imaging. Each kidney must have at least 3 cysts are your age. PKD can have no detectable family history in about 5-10 percent of individuals. If PKD is present, then blood pressure will rise and some decline in kidney function will occur. The size of each kidney determines natural history in any individual. Larger kidneys are not as healthy. ...Read more

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How to find a pediatric nephrologist?

How to find a pediatric nephrologist?

Teaching hosp: call your close teaching hospital pediatric dept and they should refer you to one. Large children's hospital should have pediatric nephrology ...Read more

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What kind of doctor removes your kidneys, a nephrologist or urologist?

What kind of doctor removes your kidneys, a nephrologist or urologist?

Nephrectomy : A urologist is the surgical specialist of the kidney and a nephrologist is the medical specialist of the kidney. So a urologist would remove a kidney. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a nephrologist and a urologist?

Medical vs. surgical: nephrology is a branch of internal medicine. they treat medical disorders of the kidney and kidney failure. They also treat hypertension. Urology is a surgical specialty. Urologist treat surgical disorders of the urinary system and male reproductive system ...Read more

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Been to a nephrologist, who else would specialize in hypokalemia?

Been to a nephrologist, who else would specialize in hypokalemia?

Endocrinologist: Potassium homeostasis is primarily determined by the hormone aldosterone so an endocrinologist might be able help. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between a nephrologist and a urologist?

Please advise what is the difference between a nephrologist and a urologist?

Both can diagnose : And treat kidney, ureter, bladder and urethral problems. However the urologist, being a surgeon can do surgical procedures in the diseased urologic organs while the nephrologist can't. God bless u! http://www.davita.com/kidney-disease/overview/treatment-overview/what-is-a-nephrologist?/e/6884. http://www.healthcommunities.com/urinary-system-tests/what-is-a-urologist.shtml. ...Read more

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How to locate a nephrologist that may specialize in resistent HTN when the insurance list nor ads do not include the medical title of nephrologist?

Specialist neph: This unique feature of a particular nephrologist is typically known by reputation and referral lines. Some websites will feature a distinctive focus as well. Ask your internist about reputations. ...Read more

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Hi.I told my nephrologist that i was taking 2 captopril instead of one.My GFR went from 47 to 22 in 3 mos. She said i "did this to myself" did i?

Hi.I told my nephrologist that i was taking 2 captopril instead of one.My GFR went  from 47 to 22 in 3 mos. She said i "did this to myself" did i?

Rx directions: Not sure of your exact question here..If you were prescribed a medication and the instructions were to take 1 daily, then it is important to take 1 daily and be compliant. If you take 2 instead of one, you certainly can put yourself at risk for an adverse event/side effect, and with an ace inhibitor, the most likely adverse event would include kidney/renal issues. Hopefully any can be reversible. ...Read more

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Firstly creatinine was 6.6 but doctor refereed to nephrologist in only 2days it became7.45 but after 7days creatinine is 7.82.what u suggest here?

Firstly creatinine was 6.6 but doctor refereed to nephrologist in only 2days it became7.45 but  after 7days creatinine is 7.82.what u suggest here?

Hospital.: That’s very rapid progression in what already seems to be a severely compromised renal function. I don’t know by your posting the last time your kidney function was normal, but this requires immediate and daily attention in a hospital, I’d think. ...Read more

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If, hepatology is for liver, and nephrologist is for kidney, what is proctologist?

If, hepatology is for liver, and nephrologist is for kidney, what is proctologist?

Bum: A proctologist refers to a doctor who specializes in treatment of diseases of the anus and rectum. It's a term that has fallen out of favor. Today's proctologists are generally called colorectal surgeons, who concentrate on anorectal disease. ...Read more

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Hi what kind of doctor diagnoses and treats diabetes insipidis? Nephrologist? Endocrinologist?

Diab Insipidis: Both nephrologist and endocrinologist can diagnose and treat this condition. There are two forms of DI. One is a pituitary deficiency of vasopressin. The second is kidney hyporesponse to vasopressin. Both are usually treated with exogenous vasopressin, though using HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) with low salt diet can also be used. Testing involves water deprivation testing - avoiding any fluid x 12 hours with urine test ...Read more

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My bun level is 21 and my creatinine is 1.4....is it time to see a nephrologist?

Need nephrologist? : It is time to repeat the test first. And get a clean catch mid stream urinalysis Ask dr what your eGFR is calculated from creat. Then if too low recommend you do second opinion with me. ...Read more

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I was in the ER diagnosed with hydronephrosis. What should I know? And when or if should I go to nephrologist?

See urologist: Hydronephrosis, which is dilation or swelling of the kidney, arises from obstruction in the kidney tube (ureter). Critical points to define: what is causing obstruction- narrowing or kink or junction between ureter/ kidney or lower in ureter, stone in ureter. Also need to know if involved kidney is healthy with renal scan. See urologist to define issues and possible treatments ...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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Heard cefipeme could cause problems in kidney pts. Will nephrologist automatically reach out to my grandpa if he is on it, in light of fda warning?

Heard cefipeme could cause problems in kidney pts. Will nephrologist automatically reach out to my grandpa if he is on it, in light of fda warning?

Most probably: Nephrologists are usually acutely aware of such alerts for the benefit of their patients. To ease your mind, you might contact the nephrologist's office to see if your grandfather needs an appointment to adjust his cefipeme dose. ...Read more