Nephrology / Urology Clinical Trials
There are ongoing nephrology and urology clinical studies that research the many aspects of these two interrelated areas of medicine. Due to the close proximity and dual function of some of the organs involved nephrologists and urologists often work together to properly diagnose and treat a patient.
Both disciplines use biopsies, ultrasound and CT scanning to diagnose patients. Therapies used to treat patients often include medications, dialysis and sometimes even kidney transplants. Nephrology and urology address issues such as erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, renal impairment, and chronic kidney disease. If you have been diagnosed with a condition that affects your kidneys or your urinary tract then you may qualify to participate in a nephrology or urology clinical study.
What is Nephrology / Urology?
Nephrology is the study of the kidney and urology is the study of urinary tracts. The two are closely related and in some cases overlap since some of the same organs are involved in both. The reproductive systems, especially in males, are also commonly involved in both of these disciplines. Common disorders that nephrologists and urologists deal with include erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, renal impairment, and chronic kidney disease.
Urology specifically deals with the kidneys, urethra, bladder, and the male reproductive system. Urologists handle medical and surgical aspects of conditions that adversely affect these organs. There are many different types of urology including endourology, laparoscopy, urologic oncology, neurology, and andrology. Nephrologists deal with things like renal replacement therapy (i.e. dialysis), kidney stones, high blood pressure, and urinary tract infections.