The Importance Of Seeing A Kidney Specialist
Once a physician has detected protein or blood in your urine (proteinuria), it’s imperative that he or she refers you to a kidney specialist as quickly as possible. Proteinuria is one of the first signs of kidney disease, so failure to refer a patient to a specialist can constitute negligence — negligence that may ultimately lead to a lengthy hospital stay, permanent kidney damage and further health complications or even death.
A doctor who specializes in the kidneys is called a nephrologist. Only a nephrologist can provide the specific medical attention that is required for a patient with kidney disease, especially since most kidney conditions, particularly chronic kidney disease (CKD), require ongoing monitoring, testing, and treatment.
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If any health care provider failed to send you to a nephrologist after discovering proteinuria or if your medical condition has deteriorated because of a wrongful diagnosis or inappropriate treatment, you should immediately consult an attorney who focuses on kidney disease-related malpractice. At Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., we have a proven record of success in kidney malpractice cases.
Who Is A Nephrologist?
Nephrology is the area of internal medicine focused on the kidneys. (Nephros is the Greek word for renal or kidney.) A nephrologist is a kidney specialist, a doctor of internal medicine who has specialized in treating kidney diseases. Some people mistakenly believe that urologists treat kidney disease; this is incorrect.
A nephrologist must complete three years of training in internal medicine and pass the medical boards to qualify for advanced training in the treatment of kidney disease. Another two to three years working alongside experienced nephrologists is then required.
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For more information about our kidney disease practice, please contact us online. We are in Coral Gables, Florida, but we consult and work with injury attorneys across the United States as we seek to help people in this highly specialized area.