Nephrologists are the medical doctors who are specialized & well trained in diagnosing and treating the medical conditions, diseases & disorders related to kidneys. A medicinal branch that deals with diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases is called Nephrology. Nephrologists are also known as Renal specialists
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Nephrologist:
A Nephrologist can treat the following conditions:
A Nephrologist can also be consulted during other dysfunctions affecting kidney functions, such as:
The variety of tests and procedures are:
The two fields of Nephrology and urology overlap sometimes as they both involve kidneys. A Nephrologist deals with the diseases and conditions affecting the kidneys directly. Whereas, a urologist focuses on diseases and conditions that affect the urinary tract of both male and female.
Generally, kidney stones can be diagnosed and treated by a Urologist who is well trained and specialized in Urology.
Yes, Nephrologists can diagnose and treat kidney dysfunction through lifestyle modifications and medications. Patients with kidney dysfunction should visit a Nephrologist as instructed and must follow all the guidelines.