The ABCs of Kidney Disease

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Chronic kidney disease is more common than you think. Nearly one in three adults is at high risk for developing the disease. Some people even have kidney disease and don’t even know it. What do the kidneys do for the body? What are the signs, symptoms and causes of chronic kidney disease? How is it diagnosed, and what are the treatment options? Our experts provide insight on this condition.

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Daphne Knicely, M.D.

Although the kidneys are only about the size of your fist, they play an integral role in making sure your body is functioning properly. Their most common known function is eliminating waste and extra fluid. Did you know they also control your blood pressure and even keep the bones healthy? Daphne Knicely can discuss all of the key jobs our kidneys perform.

Deidra Crews, M.D.

What exactly is chronic kidney disease? This is a general term for several conditions affecting the kidneys — mainly meaning permanent and usually aggressive damaged caused to the organs. There are several causes and symptoms of chronic kidney disease. Deidra Crews can talk about the condition, causes and symptoms.

Sumeska Thavarajah, M.D.

How is chronic kidney disease diagnosed? There are several tests to screen for the disease. These are not only important for diagnosis, but also help your physician understand more about your particular case and how well it is being managed by treatment. Though there are treatment options, chronic kidney disease can get worse over time and lead to needing dialysis or transplant. Sumeska Thavarajah can explain how the disease is diagnosed and the treatment options available.

 

For more information:

Chronic Kidney disease health page

ABCs of Kidney Disease

Kidney disorders

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