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⊕  What are the Signs of Kidney Failure?

The symptoms associated with chronic kidney failure vary from person to person. The signs and symptoms can be influenced based on the cause of the kidney failure and the stage of kidney failure a person is in.

Common signs and symptoms of chronic kidney failure can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • High blood pressure
  • Swelling of the lower legs
  • Shortness of breath
  • Itchy skin


 


⊕  Who is at Risk of Developing Kidney Disease?

Kidney disease can affect any of us. There are some conditions that increase your chances of experiencing chronic kidney disease. These conditions include: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, smoking, obesity, family history of kidney disease.


 


⊕  What is PKD?

Polycystic Kidney Disease is a genetic condition where cysts form and grow in the kidneys. The cysts can cause pain, high blood pressure, and lead to kidney failure. There is no cure for PKD but in many cases prevention of kidney failure is possible with medical intervention.


 


⊕  What are the Stages of Kidney Disease?

Chronic kidney disease is divided into five stages.

Stage 1: Kidney disease is detected with a normal GFR. Slowing the progression of kidney disease and avoiding damage to blood vessels is a top priority.

Stage 2: Detected kidney disease with a mild decline of the GFR. Understanding the cause of the kidney disease, the progression, and preventing further health problems should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

Stage 3: A moderate decrease in the GFR can start to cause anemia and affect your bones. Discuss treatment and prevention options with your doctor.

Stage 4: Serious reduction of GFR. It is important at this stage to gain education on treatment options. Speak with your doctor about options available for the treatment of kidney failure.

Stage 5: The kidneys can no longer function well enough to keep you healthy. Dialysis or a kidney transplant is required.


 

⊕  What are Treatment Options for End Stage Renal Disease?

End Stage Renal Disease or ESRD requires medical intervention. At this point, the kidneys are not functioning well enough to maintain a healthy body. Dialysis or a kidney transplant are the two treatment options. There is more than one type of dialysis treatment.

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