• Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease

    You will be referred to a specialist called a nephrologist, who is dedicated to managing kidney diseases. The goals of chronic kidney disease treatment are to:
    • Prevent or delay progression of kidney damage
    • Prevent and treat complications
    Treatment of chronic kidney disease depends on its stage. Severe chronic kidney disease must be treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation .
    Treatment of less advanced stages may include:

    References

    Are you at increased risk for chronic kidney disease? National Kidney Foundation website. Available at: http://www.kidney.org/atoz/pdf/11-10-1814.pdf . Published 2010. Accessed July 2, 2013.

    Chronic kidney disease. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated April 22, 2013. Accessed July 2, 2013.

    Chronic kidney disease: patient information handout. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/kidney/832.html . Updated November 2010. Accessed July 2, 2013.

    Kidney disease basics. National Kidney Disease Education Program website. Available at: http://www.nkdep.nih.gov/patients/kidney%5Fdisease%5Finformation.htm . March 1, 2012. Accessed July 2, 2013.

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