Nephrology

Nephrology (from Greek νεφρός – nephros, "kidney", combined with the suffix -logy, "the study of") is a specialty of medicineand pediatrics that concerns itself with the study of normal kidney function, kidney problems, the treatment of kidney problems and renal replacement therapy (dialysis and kidney transplantation). Systemic conditions that affect the kidneys (such as diabetesand autoimmune disease) and systemic problems that occur as a result of kidney problems (such as renal osteodystrophy andhypertension) are also studied in nephrology. A physician who has undertaken additional training to become an expert in nephrology may call themselves a nephrologist or renal physician.

 

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