Nephrology is a medical specialty that focuses on kidney health. The kidneys remove waste from the blood, maintain the body’s electrolyte balance and release hormones. A nephrologist is trained in internal medicine and will understand not only how the kidneys function, but also how their dysfunction affects other parts of the body.
Conditions a nephrologist would treat include:
A nephrologist may be involved in a patient’s care when the kidneys are affected by:
Physicians may assess kidney function with an imaging test or a urine or blood sample.