Nephrologists Improve Patient Outcomes
A nephrologist is a doctor who focuses on the kidneys. The kidneys are part of the urinary system and are responsible for many critical functions, including regulation of body fluid levels, and removing waste products from the blood to be excreted as urine.
What are the common illnesses that nephrologists treats?
Nephrologists are responsible for managing both acute and chronic kidney disorders, as well as other issues that may arise from kidney dysfunction. Some of the most important and common areas that nephrologists focus on are listed below.
One of the kidney’s most important functions is to maintain appropriate fluid levels within the body by creating urine to eliminate excess fluid. Impaired kidney function can result in a buildup of fluid and waste products in the body.
Medication management in Patients with Kidney Disease
Many common medications are metabolized and/or excreted by the kidneys, and may therefore require avoidance or dose adjustments in the setting of impaired kidney function.
Dialysis may be necessary in extreme cases of kidney dysfunction. Dialysis is a regularly-scheduled process that artificially performs kidney functions by filtering the blood through an external dialysis machine.