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The area of medicine involved in diagnosing and treating diseases of the kidneys
Nephrology is a specialist area of medicine involved in diagnosing and treating diseases of the kidneys. A doctor who specialises in this area is a Consultant Nephrologist.
As blood is pumped around your body, it is filtered by the kidneys which remove waste and excess water to form urine.
Despite their size (each kidney is about the size of a fist), the filtration surface area of the kidneys is roughly the size of a professional football field!
Kidneys can be damaged by:
It is estimated that 15% of the adult population have some degree of kidney disease, this number increasing to 45% for people aged 75 and over.
Kidney disease is often silent in the early stages, only causing symptoms in its more advanced stages. Common symptoms of advanced kidney disease include:
Earlier stages of kidney disease may be identified on a blood test, which may be done for some other reason or by a simple dipstick test of the urine.
Unfortunately, it can be quite easy to dismiss the symptoms of kidney disease, with many people thinking they’re just a bit under the weather or that it must be a natural part of ageing.
Many kidney diseases cannot be cured, but treatments are available to help manage your symptoms and to prevent further damage to the kidneys. Depending on severity, treatment may be by:
If you have any symptoms that are concerning you, it is sensible to see an expert in kidney health.
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