Symptoms And Stages Of Chronic Kidney Disease Essay

984 Words Jul 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Chronic Kidney Disease is also known as Chronic Kidney Failure. This diagnosis describes a set of renal-degenerative symptoms and stages that eventually lead to dialysis, kidney transplant, and/or death. The function of your kidneys is to maintain the balance of minerals and electrolytes in your body, such as calcium, sodium, and potassium. The kidneys also filter fluids and wastes from your body in the form of urine which is then removed from the body during micturition. In advanced stages of CKD, electrolytes and wastes can build up in your body causing raised blood pressure (hypertension), swelling, loss of muscle control, SOB, urination abnormalities, sleep difficulties, vomiting and fatigue.

What makes CKD so dangerous is its innocuity. Its early symptoms are often nonspecific and can appear to be from other illnesses. Usually, by the time the kidney damage is noticed due to loss of function, it is irreversible. The two most common causes of CKD are high blood pressure and Diabetes. Many autoimmune disorders and birth defects also can lead to CKD and ESRD.

End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) is the end result of a multitude of life-threatening kidney diseases. A diagnoses of ESRD means that your kidneys are shutting down and becoming non-functional. The diagnosis is dependent on percentage of kidney function, with 10% being the determining number. ESRD almost always comes after Chronic Kidney Disease. CKD follows five distinct stages that depend on the Glomerular…

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