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Kidney Problems and Kidney Disease

You need your kidneys to live, just like you need your heart and lungs. Some kidney problems may be temporary, or symptoms of other conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD), which can lead to end-stage renal disease (ESRD), or kidney failure.  


Learn About Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is lasting damage to your kidneys that can get worse over time. Learn more about CKD, its causes, how it is diagnosed, how its progression may be slowed or stopped, and how it can be prevented.

Kidney Failure

When your kidneys stop working well enough for you to live without dialysis or a kidney transplant, you have kidney failure.  It can happen very suddenly (acute renal failure) or slowly over time.  In most cases, kidney failure (or end-stage renal disease or ESRD) is permanent.

Treating Kidney Failure

If your kidneys stop working, you will need treatment to help manage the symptoms of kidney failure. Treatments that clean waste and fluid from your blood can help you live longer.

Kidney Problems

Symptoms of kidney problems may include things like pain, blood or protein in your urine, high blood pressure, swelling and frequent nausea. Learn more about common kidney problems.

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