We use cookies on our website so it can function correctly. The cookies we use do not store any specific information about you personally and they won’t harm your computer. See our Privacy Policy for more information.

OK
020 7034 8164Quick Enquiry

Our personal approach creates a seamless patient experience

Make An Appointment

What is nephrology?

Nephrology is the branch of medicine in which nephrologists investigate, diagnose, prevent and treat kidney problems. These include:

  • Chronic kidney disease, or CKD: a reduction in the overall health and function of the kidneys. Some CKD may be progressive.
  • Acute kidney failure, which leads to a sudden loss of kidney function due to an acute insult or disease process.
  • Hypertension (or high blood pressure).
  • Specific renal diseases such as glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, HIV-related kidney disease, drug toxicity or renal tubular disease
  • Electrolyte and acid-base abnormalities: disorders that cause an imbalance of the salts in the blood and problems with the regulation of acid excretion from the kidneys.
  • Medical management of kidney stones: people who develop kidney stones often require surgical removal of their stones, and also a medical evaluation to determine the cause of stone formation and whether preventive therapy can help them to avoid kidney stones in the future.
  • Haematuria (blood in the urine) or proteinuria (protein in the urine): both are often detected on routine health screening and require expert assessment.
  • Care for people who have had a kidney transplant.

 

Nephrology: diagnostic tests available at The Physicians’ Clinic

All of our nephrology testing is done on our premises; you can often have a consultation with one of our nephrologists and then have your diagnostic procedure before returning to your consultant for a discussion and treatment plan. Our range of diagnostic services for nephrology problems includes:

  • Renal ultrasound.
  • CT scans of the kidneys.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of the kidneys or kidney blood vessels.
  • Kidney biopsy: this is sometimes necessary to diagnose and stage kidney disease.
  • Urine microscopy and cytology.
  • 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.
  • Specialist diagnostics for hypertension, including hormonal profiling and imaging of the adrenal glands.
  • Specialist diagnostics for kidney stones, including dietetic assessment, blood and urinary biochemical profiling.

 

Nephrology: treatments available

  • Consultant nephrologists at The Physicians’ Clinic offer lifestyle advice, drug treatments and specialist interventions to patients with specific kidney diseases. These include:
  • Medical and supportive care for patients with chronic kidney disease. These interventions are aimed at reducing or halting CKD progression and minimising associated complications.
  • Therapies for specific kidney diseases such as glomerulonephritis, polycystic kidney disease, HIV-related kidney disease or diabetic nephropathy.
  • Blood pressure lowering. Through close collaboration between renal, endocrine and cardiology specialists we will reduce blood pressure both by treating any underlying cause and through tailored antihypertensive therapy.
  • Acute kidney failure therapies. We, and critical care colleagues, provide comprehensive therapy for acute kidney failure, including acute kidney support (dialysis), plasma exchange and disease-specific therapy.
  • Treatment of kidney stones. In combination with our associated urologists we provide a comprehensive package of care for the kidney stone patient. Medical interventions include lifestyle advice, dietary modification and drug therapy including specific pharmacological therapies for oxaluria and cystinuria.
X

Quick Enquiry

Fill in and submit the form below to submit an enquiry.