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Kidney Care

Take comfort in knowing your kidney health is in good hands with Holzer’s kidney care team in Gallipolis, Jackson, and Athens, OH. Our team of professionals specialize in kidney function and personalized care to give you peace of mind.

Nephrology is the medical subspecialty that deals with the kidneys, especially their functions and diseases. A nephrologist is a medical doctor who specializes in diseases of the kidney. Healthy kidneys clean the blood and help maintain the chemical balance your body needs to stay healthy and alive. Kidneys also carry out other important functions such as, controlling blood pressure. Kidneys are bean-shaped, about the size of a fist, and located just below the rib cage near the midline of the back.

Some conditions that could cause or lead to kidney failure include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Injury
  • Immune System Diseases
    • Examples of Immune System Diseases/Disorders include: Autoimmune diseases, such as juvenile diabetes, and Immunodeficiency diseases, such as AIDS.
  • Hereditary conditions such as:
    • Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)
  • Certain medicines

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