Why do I need to see a nephrologist if I have recurrent kidney stones?

Kimberly L. Harper, MD
If you have recurrent kidney stones, a nephrologist (a doctor who specializes in kidneys) can review your history and conduct a physical exam. This could include ordering blood tests and having you complete a 24-hour urine collection. The tests can help your nephrologist determine what makes you prone to developing kidney stones. Additionally, your nephrologist can use this information to advise you on dietary recommendations and medications that can help prevent you from forming more stones. 

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