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

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 urologist wants me to wait until i pass the stone, its been 3 months and I have "stable" mild hydronephrosis. Is it ok to wait?

Get it removed: If you have had a ureteral stone for 3 months with mild hydronephrosis, it is time to have the stone surgically removed. The recommended procedure will vary depending on where the stone is located in the ureter. If your urologist will not remove the stone, find one who will. You should pass a ureteral stone within a few weeks of diagnosis to prevent potential kidney damage. ...Read more

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Urologist wants to remove my right kidney. Says it is not functioning due to hydronephrosis. Too much damage. Should I get a second opinion?

Urologist wants to remove my right kidney. Says it is not functioning due to hydronephrosis. Too much damage. Should I get a second opinion?

Here are some...: Kidney removal is a major undertaking which a urologist would not recommend lightly. In general, if the concerned kidney contributes less than 5-10% of total renal function, it is reasonable to remove it. But the question is when to do it. If you're asymptomatic from this kidney, you may wait & see since prophylactic procedure poses a degree of debate. So, ask doc for necessities & possibilities. ...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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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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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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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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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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Should I go to a urologist or nephrologist for kidney stones that seem to be hidden?

Should I go to a urologist or nephrologist for kidney stones that seem to be hidden?

Either: To have removed - urologist; to help deal with metabolic prevention - nephrologist or urologist. ...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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Where to go urologist or nephrologist? Case for 5.5mm kidney stone non obstructive?Is it big or can pass by drinking water?

Where to go urologist or nephrologist? Case for 5.5mm kidney stone non obstructive?Is it big or can pass by drinking water?

Stone in kidney: This size stone may pass on its own if you drink 4-5 liters of fluid per day. Be sure to include at least one quart of lemonade or lemon extract added to water. If you use ReaLemon extract, add 5 teaspoons to each quart of water you drink. This will help. Minimize salt. Minimize animal protein. Push the fluids daily. ...Read more

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Are cystoscopies normally done every 2yrs? Normal cystoscopy but urologist said that's the frequency. 28yo SLE pt w/hematuria. Referred 2 nephrologist

Are cystoscopies normally done every 2yrs? Normal cystoscopy but urologist said that's the frequency. 28yo SLE pt w/hematuria. Referred 2 nephrologist

See nephrologist: Would discuss with your rheumatologist and nephrologist. Most ofter with lupus blood in the urine is due to lupus kidney disease called glomerulonephritist which is treated with your rheumatologist and nephrologist. There are other causes of hematuria including infection, kidney tumors or kidney stones. I assume all of this has been evalauted ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Hydronephrosis (Definition)

A condition characterized by excess fluid in a kidney due to ...Read more