What is Nephrology?

Nephrology is a branch of medical science that deals with diseases of the kidneys.

What do the kidneys do?

The kidneys are vital for life with their complex network of blood vessels and intricate network of tubes and tubules that filter blood of its waste products and excess water.

The kidneys maintain the fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base regulation that are altered by several disease conditions as well as drugs and toxins.

Diseases under the branch of nephrology

Nephrology deals with study of the normal working of the kidneys as well as its diseases. The diseases that come under the scope of nephrology include:-

Nephrology societies

In the United States of America, the National Kidney Foundation is an organization set up for nephrology and nephrologists.

In 1966, the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) was founded that forms world’s largest professional society dedicated to nephrology.

The American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) is a non-profit group that deals with chronic kidney diseases and dialysis.

In the United Kingdom the National Kidney Federation and the Renal Association are dedicated to nephrology.

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Dr. Ananya Mandal

Dr. Ananya Mandal is a doctor by profession, lecturer by vocation and a medical writer by passion. She specialized in Clinical Pharmacology after her bachelor's (MBBS). For her, health communication is not just writing complicated reviews for professionals but making medical knowledge understandable and available to the general public as well.

Last updated Apr 22, 2019

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