Nephrology (Renal Medicine) is a subspecialty of
internal medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney
A nephrologist is a
physician who has been trained in the general specialty of internal medicine
and then sub-specialized in the field of nephrology. Because kidney disease
affects many other systems of the body, a nephrologist must also have a good grasp on other
aspects of internal medicine to prevent and minimise the impact of kidney failure.
Nephrologists are trained to administer haemodialysis and teach patients how to perform peritoneal
dialysis. They are also trained to coordinate and manage kidney transplantation.
Nephrology is field of medicine
often required specially trained renal nurses and technicians. Allied health workers such as dietitians
and social workers are usually required to work closely with doctors and
nurses, focusing on helping patients, as well as helping families understand and
cope with their loved one's medical issues. Nephrology
is a complicated field and requires dedication from all involved to ensure the
best in patient care.