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Chronic Kidney Disease

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The kidneys are responsible filtering waste and chemicals in the blood, removing toxins from the body and releasing hormones. When the kidneys begin to fail, a dangerous level of these toxins accumulates in the body. If CKD goes untreated, it can cause kidney failure, which would require dialysis or a transplant. Early detection and treatment can slow the progression of kidney disease.

Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms

Symptoms of chronic kidney disease may include:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue, weakness or low energy level
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Problems sleeping
  • Cramping or muscle twitches
  • Swollen feet or ankles
  • Puffiness around the eyes, especially upon awakening
  • Persistent dry, itchy skin
  • Urgency to urinate, especially at night

Chronic Kidney Disease Causes

Causes of the kidneys becoming damaged can be associated with a number of illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension or advanced age. Those most at risk are over age 65, diabetics, hypertension patients, smokers, obese individuals, and those with of African, Native American or Asian descent.

Chronic Kidney Disease Diagnosis

Diagnosis of CKD involves urinalysis (testing the urine) to detect abnormalities, such as protein or blood. Blood tests can also indicate your kidney function. Imaging tests such as an ultrasound can help the nephrologist assess your kidneys’ size and structure. A kidney biopsy may also be ordered, which involves remove a sample of kidney tissue that is sent to the lab to determine what is causing kidney failure.

Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment

Treatment of CKD focuses on slowing the progression of kidney disease, and your specific treatment plan will vary depending on the stage of the disease and your overall health. Treatment options include:

  • Diabetes management.
  • Hypertension medication.
  • Cholesterol medication.
  • Preventing heart problems.
  • Treating CKD complications.

Advanced CKD may need more radical treatment in order to produce satisfactory results, which is when the kidneys are unable to keep up with the waste and fluid clearance on their own. The two options for these patients are dialysis and kidney transplant. Dialysis artificially removes toxins and excess fluid from the body, which is done by a machine filtering these from the blood. Kidney transplant may be an option for patients who have no other life-threatening medical conditions. It involves transplanting a healthy, donor kidney into the body. The surgery does not remove the patient’s failing kidneys.

Don't spend another minute suffering from kidney disease. Get treated quickly by one of our board certified kidney specialists. We are here to advise and aid you to ensure you receive the proper treatment. For more information about chronic kidney disease treatment options available in Los Angeles, call West Medical at (855) 690-0565.

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