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Nephrology & Renal Services

What is nephrology?

Nephrology is the branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to the kidneys. Doctors who specialize in kidney disease are called nephrologists. Other health professionals who treat kidney disorders include primary care doctors, pediatricians, transplant specialists and urologists.

Nephrology and renal services

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital has an expert team of Washington University and Private Practice nephrology specialists that offer:
  • patient consultation on any medical condition related to the kidneys
  • inpatient dialysis for patients with acute renal failure
  • vascular access for patients who need dialysis treatment
To schedule an appointment with a nephrologist or for additional information such as insurance accepted, call
314.542.WEST (314.542.9378) or toll-free 800.392.0936.

Inpatient dialysis service

Our dialysis treatment is available only to patients admitted to our hospital with acute renal failure.  

What is renal failure?

Renal failure is when the kidneys are not functioning properly, either because of temporary or permanent damage.

Acute renal failure happens quickly, usually due to an illness or injury and is potentially reversible. Acute renal failure is also known as acute kidney injury.

Chronic renal failure is when the kidneys get worse over a period of several months or years and this often leads to permanent renal failure.

What is vascular access?

Vascular access refers to the location on the body where blood is removed and returned during dialysis. Before dialysis can begin, doctors must create a vascular access.  

Potential causes of acute renal failure

  • Heart attack
  • Severe dehydration
  • Infections such as an E. coli infection
  • Decreased blood flow to the kidneys
  • Blockage in the urinary tract
  • Eating or drinking anything toxic to the kidneys
  • Injury to the kidneys
  • Glomerulonephritis - a type of kidney disease

Potential causes of chronic renal failure

  • Diabetes that is not well managed
  • High blood pressure
  • Blocked urine flow due to a tumor or kidney stones
  • Decreased blood flow to the kidneys
  • Enlarged prostate decreasing blood flow
  • Malaria or yellow fever
  • Overuse of NSAID medications such as aspirin
  • Injury to the kidneys
  • Illegal drug abuse
  • Lupus disease
  • Abnormal fetal development of the kidneys
  • Eating or drinking anything toxic to the kidneys
To schedule an appointment with a nephrologist or for additional information such as insurance accepted, call 314.542.WEST (314.542.9378) or toll-free 800.392.0936.

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