Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with chronic glomerulonephritis?

Updated: Feb 24, 2020
  • Author: Moro O Salifu, MD, MPH, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Patients with any evidence of kidney disease should be referred to a kidney specialist (ie, a nephrologist). Early referral of patients with CRF (serum creatinine, 1.5-2 mg/dL) to a nephrologist is important for managing complications and organizing the transition to renal replacement therapy. Some evidence indicates that early referral of CRF patients to a nephrologist improves the short-term outcome. The nephrologist will usually determine the frequency of visits on the basis of the degree of CKD.

When dialysis is imminent, a surgical consultation should be sought for creation of an arteriovenous fistula or graft to allow insertion of a peritoneal dialysis catheter. Consultation with a transplant surgeon is appropriate for evaluation for kidney transplantation.

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