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THE BASICS »

What is a nephrologist?

A nephrologist is a licensed medical doctor who has trained to become an expert in the function and diseases of the kidney. Commonly referred to as kidney doctors, nephrologists treat many kidney diseases, such as chronic kidney disease (CKD), acute renal failure, polycystic kidney disease (PKD), kidney cancers and kidney stones. Nephrologists also help manage kidney patients who are on dialysis. Learn more about nephrologists.

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TREATMENTS »

What to expect at your first nephrologist visit

If you are having problems with your kidneys, you may be referred to a kidney doctor known as a nephrologist. A nephrologist has been trained in general internal medicine and specializes in disorders of the kidneys. Learn what you can expect on your first visit with a nephrologist.

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SYMPTOMS & DIAGNOSIS »

Acute kidney failure

Acute kidney failure, or renal failure, happens when someone's kidneys suddenly stop working. It is different from chronic kidney failure, which happens slowly over time and is irreversible. 


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PREVENTION »

Kidney infections

When bacteria or other tiny organisms make their way into the kidneys, a kidney infection can develop. Talking to your doctor at the first sign of kidney problems is important so that a kidney infection does not permanently damage your kidneys and lead to chronic kidney disease. Discover ways to prevent kidney infection and how your doctor can treat a diagnosed infection.

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DIET & NUTRITION »

The basics of a kidney disease diet

For people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), following a kidney disease diet may be part of their treatment for maintaining good health. The kidney disease diet is generally based on eating high quality proteins and lowering phosphorus, potassium and sodium intake. The kidney diet is an individualized eating plan and can change depending on your stage of kidney disease. Find out the basics of a kidney disease diet.  


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