End-stage renal (or kidney) disease is the failure of the kidneys to 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. End-stage renal disease usually happens after years of ongoing (chronic) kidney disease. At this stage of the disease, the kidneys work so poorly that you cannot live without a machine or other method to remove the waste from your blood (called dialysis) or 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.
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Current as of: April 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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