Chronic kidney disease happens when the kidneys cannot remove waste and keep your body's fluids and chemicals in balance. Normally, the kidneys remove waste from the blood. The waste then leaves the body in your urine. The kidneys also balance the fluids in your body. When the kidneys are not working well, waste and excess fluid can build up so much that it can poison the body. This can be life-threatening.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the most common causes of ongoing (chronic) kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease can develop in 2 to 3 months but usually develops over many years. You may be able to keep kidney damage from getting worse by taking medicine and making lifestyle changes. If the condition gets worse, you may need to use a machine or other method to filter waste. This is called dialysis. In some cases, a person may have a kidney transplant.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
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Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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