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What To Expect At A Nephrologist
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I have high levels of protein in urine from 24 hour urine collection. I have been referred to nephrologist. What can you expect on an initial visit?
Nephrologist visit: You can expect to give your medical history and have a physical examination done by the nephrologist. You will be asked to collect a 24 hour urine collection for creatinine clearance and protein, to see at level your kidneys work and to quantify the amount of protein in your urine/24 hours. A renal ultrasound will be ordered. Depending on the urine results, more blood tests may be ordered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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