Chronic Kidney Disease

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Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

CKD is often considered a silent disease. It is possible to feel sick only when the kidney damage becomes significant or when experiencing any of the symptoms. It is very important to know how fast the kidney disease is developing, therefore, strict monitoring of Serum Creatinine and Glomerular Filtration Rate levels will allow the patient and specialist (nephrologist) to determine if the condition is progressing.

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Symptoms of CKD

• Hiccups and sleepiness.

• Elimination of small amounts of urine.

• Swelling, especially in the hands, feet and around the eyes.

• Bad taste in the mouth and breath that smells like urine.

• Constant fatigue or difficulty breathing.

• Loss of appetite.

• Blood pressure that is higher every time.

• Pale, excessively dry skin that constantly itches.

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Causes of CKD

The main causes are diabetes; very high blood sugar levels and hypertension; systolic blood pressure over 140 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure over 90 mmHg.

Other possible causes:

• Chronic pyelonephritis.

• Lupus.

• Polycystic kidney disease.

• Obstructive uropathy.

• Glomerulonephritis.

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Treatments:

• Peritoneal Dialysis

• Hemodialysis

• Transplant

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