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Analgesic Nephropathy

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Analgesic Nephropathy

Analgesic nephropathy involves damage within the internal structures of the kidney. It is a chronic kidney disease and is caused by long-term use of analgesics, especially over-the-counter medications that contain phenacetin or acetaminophen and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen.

Jefferson nephrologists can give a thorough evaluation to help diagnose possible damage done to your kidneys by analgesics and recommend a personalized treatment plan based on the extent of the damage. This could include treatment options such as dialysis or, in the instance of kidney failure, a kidney transplant. Our medical team will guide you through all the treatment options to determine what course of treatment is best for you.

Rated a Top Hospital for Kidney Disease by Philadelphia magazine, you will benefit from our multidisciplinary approach by having access to various experts who will guide you and your family from evaluation through postoperative recovery. We also provide long-term follow-up care through clinic visits and monitored laboratory studies. Our team continues to search for new ways to assist patients in seeking a better quality of life through kidney transplant.