Nephrologists are the doctors who are specialized in diagnosing and treating the medical conditions, diseases & disorders related to kidneys. A medicinal branch that deals with the 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, the following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Nephrologist:
Individuals who suffer from any of the following kidney diseases should consult a Nephrologist:
Apart from these diseases, there are many other kidney disorders and medical conditions for which an individual should consult a Nephrologist.
Following are few of the tests and procedures performed by Nephrologists:Tests:
Depending on the severity of the kidney disease and health condition of the patient, one should consult a Nephrologist for every 6 months or as directed by a doctor. However, healthy individuals can visit a Nephrologist once in 2 years to check the medical condition of the kidneys.
Few of the signs and symptoms that indicate severe kidney problems: