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Nephrologists at the University of Chicago Medicine have advanced training in highly specialized areas of kidney disease, allowing us to offer services not available at many hospitals.
Our nephrology team includes several physicians who specialize in diagnosing and treating acute kidney injury (AKI), which occurs when your kidneys shut down rapidly over a short period of time.
Because AKI is common among people who are already hospitalized with a critical illness, our doctors routinely manage care for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). Our inpatient services include continuous renal replacement therapy, medication management and careful monitoring until your kidneys have recovered and you are healthy enough to go home.
Once you have been discharged from the hospital, our physicians will continue to provide long-term monitoring and care for you as needed. That’s because many patients who recover from AKI are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease and are prone to additional episodes of AKI.
Members of our staff are also engaged in clinical research designed to better understand who is at highest risk of AKI and long term side effects, as well as identifying more accurate and efficient ways to detect the onset of AKI. Not only are our physicians committed to scientific research, but also their clinical expertise is unmatched in the region. This means patients with AKI have access to emerging kidney disease therapies not widely available.