Caring for those with kidney conditions
Nephrology is the diagnosis and treatment of the kidneys, including acute and chronic kidney failure, recurrent kidney stones and treatment using
What Is Kidney Disease?
Your kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, located near the middle of your back, just below the rib cage. Inside each kidney about a million tiny structures called nephrons filter blood. They remove waste products and extra water, which become urine. Damage to the nephrons results in kidney disease. This damage may leave kidneys unable to remove wastes.
What Medical Tests Detect Kidney Disease?
A doctor may first detect kidney disease through routine blood and urine tests. The National Kidney Foundation recommends three simple tests to screen for kidney disease: a blood pressure measurement, a spot check for protein or albumin in the urine, and a calculation of glomerular filtration rate, which describes the flow rate of filtered fluid through the kidney.