Chronic kidney disease
Many people with chronic kidney disease (CKD) won't have symptoms because it doesn't usually cause problems until it reaches an advanced stage.
There don't tend to be any symptoms ofkidney diseasewhen it's at an early stage.
This is because the body is usually able to cope with a significant reduction in kidney function.
Kidney diseaseis often only diagnosed at this stage after a routine test, such as a blood or urine test, detects a possible problem.
If it's picked up at this stage, you may only need medication and regular tests to monitor it.Thiscan help stopit becoming more advanced.
A number of symptoms can developif kidney disease isn't picked up early on or it gets worse despite treatment.
Symptoms can include:
This stage of CKD is known as kidney failure, end-stage renal disease orestablished renal failure. It may eventually require treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant .
See your GP if you have persistent or worrying symptoms that you think could be caused by kidney disease.
The symptoms of kidney disease can be caused by many less serious conditions, so it's important to get a proper diagnosis.
If you do have CKD, it's best to get it diagnosed as soon as possible. Kidney disease can be diagnosed byhaving blood and urine tests.
Find out what chronic kidney disease (CKD) is, including what the symptoms are, how it's diagnosed and how it can be treated.
Find out about the main symptoms of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and when to get medical advice.
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Find out about the main treatments for chronic kidney disease (CKD), including lifestyle changes, medication, dialysis and kidney transplants.
Read advice about living with chronic kidney disease (CKD), including how to keep yourself as healthy as possible.
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