What questions should I ask when choosing a nephrologist or renal clinic for my healthcare?


Finding the right nephrologist can make a positive difference in both your treatment plan and quality of life. When looking for the right specialist or clinic, here are some questions you should consider asking:

  • Does your clinic primarily treat ADPKD and/or ARPKD patients?
  • Is a pediatric nephrologist available?
  • Do you offer any other services (such as diagnostic services or disease management)?
  • Is genetic counseling an option?
  • Is nutrition counseling available?
  • Do you offer dialysis services?
  • Are transplant services available? For children as well?
  • How many transplants are performed each year?
  • Does your clinic have access to clinical trials for those living with PKD? If so, which ones?
  • Do you have access to other medical specialties, like hypertension or hepatology?
  • How often should I get brain scans?