What is nephrology?

Nephrology is the medical speciality concerned with diagnosing and treating kidney diseases.

Kidney conditions are common and have significant repercussions on patients’ health, so early diagnosis is essential.

Nephrology should not be confused with urology, which is the surgical speciality that deals with the urinary tract and the male genital tract.

Which patients is it for?

The people most at risk for kidney disease are patients over 65 years of age, diabetics and hypertensive patients, people with urinary tract infections or those suffering from recurrent kidney cramps.

Main conditions and diseases

The Nephrology Service is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that cause kidney damage: primary nephropathy, secondary nephropathy and systemic diseases, essential and secondary hypertension, acute and chronic kidney failure, among others.

Main diagnostic resources and technology

Nephrology specialists have a long list of diagnostic resources to offer the most appropriate treatment, such as:

  • Nephrological analyses
  • Nephrourological ultrasound
  • Kidney Doppler
  • Percutaneous kidney biopsy
  • Kidney biopsy

Main treatments

The team of nephrology practitioners has extensive experience in implementing therapeutic procedures for kidney conditions:

  • Haemodialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis
  • Peritoneal dialysis catheters
  • Central vascular access

Areas of specialisation

  • Immune Nephropathy Unit
  • Dialysis Unit
  • Dialysis Service

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