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Nephrology focuses on kidney health and supporting patients with kidney diseases or other disorders. Kidneys clean your blood, maintain the balance of salt and minerals, and help regulate blood pressure.

Nephrologists commonly treat chronic kidney disease (CKD), polycystic kidney disease (PKD), acute renal failure, kidney stones, and high blood pressure. They are also educated on all aspects of kidney transplantation and dialysis.

When to See a Nephrologist 

Recognizing kidney disorders can be a significant challenge due to the fact that symptoms often manifest in other parts of the body. For example, when the kidneys are damaged, the accumulation of waste products and fluid can result in swelling in the ankles. Patients may also experience episodes of vomiting, fatigue, poor sleep, or shortness of breath. It is common for individuals to focus on the localized issue, such as ankle swelling, without considering the underlying cause. However, if these conditions are misdiagnosed or left untreated, the kidneys may cease to function entirely, leading to a critical and potentially life-threatening condition.

Kidneys may become diseased or damaged in a number of ways, including:

  • Diabetes (the most common cause of end-stage renal disease)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) 
  • Decreased blood flow
  • Obstruction or narrowing of the renal artery (renal artery stenosis)
  • Toxic injury to the kidney or direct injury to the kidney

Meet Our Providers

At Green Clinic we are committed to providing the best in service, quality, and outcomes in kidney disease care and management. This is all accomplished with our dedicated nephrologist, Michael Nammour, M.D., who is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.