urologist and kidney disease

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beto1960
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   Posted 2/23/2010 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with having early diabetic nephropathy.......this was through the urinalisis.....I did the test again 30 days later, and this time all the indicators were okay......I was wanting to check with a urologist just to make one more check, I guess this is a dumb question but does a urologist take care of "kidney" ailemnts...i.e., am I going to the right kind of doctor?

MrsGFM
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   Posted 2/23/2010 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was young I had kidney/bladder problems and I saw a urologist for surgery. A nephrologist is a specialist in kidney disorders. You might ask your doctor if you need to see this type of physician.

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   Posted 2/23/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Urology (from Greek οὖρον - oûron, "urine" and -λογία, -logia "study of") is the surgical specialty that focuses on the urinary tracts of males and females, and on the reproductive system of males. Medical professionals specializing in the field of urology are called urologists and are trained to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with urological disorders. The organs covered by urology include the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, and the male reproductive organs (testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis). Both Urologists and General Surgeons operate on the adrenal glands.
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   Posted 2/23/2010 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, that organ would in the scope of any urologist, although there are doctor's that just specialize in kidney disorders too.

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beto1960
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   Posted 2/23/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay, so I'm going to the correct type of doctor....just always had the vague idea that a "urologist" was only penis, etc. I also have history of prostate cancer in the family....so that needs to be checked to I suppose, although the blood work for prostate has always been okay.

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   Posted 2/23/2010 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
If I had any type of kidney disease diagnosed or suspected, I'd go to the kidney specialist, who concentrates on that particular organ, as opposed to a urologist, who can be thought of as GP for the urinary system in general. Just my opinion....
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