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Nephrology Services at PINE

The team of specialists at Partners In Nephrology and Endocrinology (PINE) has decades of clinical experience diagnosing and treating all types of nephrology diseases. We pride ourselves on offering accurate diagnoses and providing patients with cutting-edge, customized treatment options to help them manage their condition. We have some of the top kidney doctors in Western Pennsylvania on our care team and treat all types of nephrology and urology conditions. 

Ready to discuss your health needs? Put your ‘nephrologist near me’ and ‘kidney doc near me’ searches to rest. Make an appointment with an expert nephrologist at PINE today.

 (412) 683-4550

PINE Nephrology Services

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Nephrology?

Nephrology, also known as renal medicine, is a branch of medicine related to kidney care. Nephrologists are specially trained physicians that are qualified to diagnose and treat acute and chronic kidney diseases.

What Do Nephrologists Treat?

Nephrologists are qualified to treat the following conditions:

  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Diabetic kidney disease
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney failure
  • Acute kidney failure

What Is Kidney Disease?

Kidney disease, a.k.a. chronic kidney disease (CKD), refers to a group of conditions characterized by a gradual loss of kidney function over time. Healthy kidneys normally filter the blood, removing waste and extra water to make urine. In cases of CKD, however, waste builds to high levels, creating negative side effects and poor health.

What Causes Kidney Disease?

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of kidney disease. This is because the glucose levels in diabetic patients are likely to damage the kidneys, while high blood pressure damages blood vessels in and around the kidney; either way, the damage ultimately leads to poor kidney function. Genetics, certain medications, and even certain autoimmune illnesses may also lead to kidney disease.

What Are Common Symptoms Of Kidney Disease?

  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Increased urination
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Bloody or foamy urine
  • Swollen feet/ankles
  • Puffiness around the eyes
  • Poor appetite
  • Muscle cramps

When Should I See A Nephrologist?

We encourage you to make an appointment with a nephrologist at PINE if you fit any of the following criteria:

  • Advanced chronic kidney disease
  • Recurring kidney stones
  • Large amounts of blood/protein in urine
  • High blood pressure 
  • A family history of kidney problems
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease