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Nephrology

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Our kidneys are vital organs, as they filter our blood of waste products and excess water with the help of a complex network of blood vessels. For this reason, the early diagnosis and treatment of nephrological conditions and diseases is crucial, since a serious affliction of the kidneys can eventually lead to kidney failure if left untreated. Since 1969, Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital has been providing excellent healthcare and medical services to the community of Los Angeles. If you struggle with a disease or condition of the kidneys, we encourage you to seek the assistance of our experienced nephrologists.

Full Spectrum Care

Nephrology is a medical specialty that involves the study of normal kidney function, kidney problems, the treatment of kidney issues, and renal replacement therapy, which includes dialysis and kidney transplantation. A nephrologist usually works in conjunction with urologists who deal with the surgical aspects of kidney disease and diseases of the bladder and urethra. Our department of nephrology offers a full continuum of care for patients with acute and chronic kidney disease. Some of the most common kidney conditions and diseases we treat are:

It is worthy of note that diabetes is often the cause of chronic kidney disease since it increases the levels of blood sugar. When you have a high concentration of sugar in your blood, the blood vessels in the kidneys will be severely affected over time, which results in the kidneys being unable to properly clean the blood in your body. If the body becomes overloaded with toxins, kidney failure can occur, which is a very serious condition that requires dialysis. This treatment has the purpose of filtering and purifying the blood with the use of a special machine and has been employed since the 1940s for people who struggle with kidney problems.

We Diagnose Kidney Conditions and Diseases with State of the Art Technology

Having a correct and accurate diagnosis is essential in determining what the most effective treatment approach is for you. Thereby, if you choose Cedars Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for the diagnosis and treatment of your kidney problem, you will undergo a complete health evaluation that will be carried out with the aid of the latest and most innovative technology. Following a physical examination, our experienced nephrologists use the following tests and exams for the diagnosis of kidney conditions and diseases:

  • blood tests
  • urine analysis
  • glomerular filtration rate
  • ultrasound scanning
  • MR angiography
  • renal biopsy
  • intravenous urography
  • scintigraphy
  • renal arteriography

Depending on the severity and complexity of your condition or disease, we will employ one or multiple of the above tests and exams for a precise diagnosis. After you are assigned a diagnosis, our skillful nephrologists will present you with the best treatment approaches for you, which can range from medication to surgery. If you struggle with diabetes and worry that the disease will take a heavy toll on your kidneys, our nephrologists will recommend the most effective treatment to prevent this from happening. In this case, early intervention is the key to avoiding chronic kidney disease caused by diabetes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hematuria is a term used to indicate the presence of blood in the urine, while proteinuria indicates the presence of abnormal amounts of protein in the urine.

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While there is no cure for kidney failure, there are several treatment options available for people who struggle with it.

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Common kidney disorders include – acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease (CKD), nephrolithiasis or kidney stones, and pyelonephritis.

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Whether you struggle with chronic kidney disease or not, protecting your kidneys is essential in maintaining your health.

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As numerous medications can affect and even impair kidney function in people who already suffer from chronic kidney disease, there are multiple types of drugs you should avoid taking.

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