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Nephrology

Comprehensive, State-of-the-Art Kidney Care

Our board-certified nephrologists at Baxter Regional Medical Center specialize in diagnosing, treating, and managing kidney conditions, including chronic kidney disease. Your primary care physician may refer you to a nephrologist for a variety of reasons apart from kidney failure, such as kidney injuries, kidney stones, or kidney infections, among others.

Kidney diseases often have no symptoms in their early stages, but you may notice the following if your kidneys start to fail:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Pain in the flank region
  • Fatigue
  • A chronic “metallic” taste in the mouth
  • Muscle cramps
  • Swelling in the ankles and feet
  • Persistent itching

If you’ve noticed these problems, you may or may not have a kidney condition. Discuss the possibility of kidney disease with your primary care doctor if you have noticed these symptoms.

Do I Need to See a Nephrologist?

Your primary care doctor will likely refer you to a nephrologist rather than you seeking one out directly. That’s because most kidney problems are not readily recognizable by a patient.

Once your kidneys cannot work on their own and they can no longer perform their various bodily functions (including sorting the body’s waste products), you will experience chronic kidney failure. Over time, the bodily fluids and waste builds up and causes serious health problems that affect the entire body. When your kidney function is significantly impaired, a nephrologist will prescribe dialysis or evaluate you for a kidney transplant. Those at higher risk for kidney failure may have diabetes, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, and chronic blood pressure problems.

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