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What is chronic renal failure?
Chronic renal failure, also known as chronic kidney disease, is a condition involving the kidney's ability to filter and remove unwanted waste and excess fluid from the bloodstream. If you kidney is damaged, its function is reduced over time, which can lead …
What are the symptoms of chronic renal failure?
Chronic kidney disease is a condition that gradually becomes worse over time. The signs and symptoms associated with the condition may not become apparent until irreversible damage to the kidneys has occurred. This is because your kidneys are …
What causes chronic renal failure?
Chronic renal failure can be caused by conditions that affect the ability of the kidneys to filter the blood. This can be related to blood pressure, or the flow of blood to the kidneys and conditions that affect the health of nephrons, the main filtering …
Who gets chronic renal failure?
Chronic renal failure can affect both men and women. As it is a condition that progresses slowly over time, it is more likely to occur in older age. People who have diabetes, high blood pressure, smoke, have a family history or are obese have an increased …
How is chronic renal failure diagnosed?
The primary function of the kidneys is to filter the waste products from the blood so that they can be passed from the body within urine. There are various tests used to diagnose how well your kidneys are functioning. This can involve analyzing the …
How is chronic renal failure treated?
Treatment of chronic kidney failure is aimed at slowing kidney damage progression, and targeting the underlying cause. The success of treatment depends on how much damage has already occurred. In cases where kidney function is severely reduced, …
Can chronic renal failure be cured?
No, there is no cure for chronic renal failure. This is because damage that has occurred to the kidneys cannot be reversed. In some cases, it is possible to limit the renal failure from progressing by treating any underlying conditions.
Will chronic renal failure clear on its own?
No, chronic renal failure is a condition that generally worsens over time.
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Author: Lauren Donley BSc (Hons)
First answered: 09 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Chronic kidney disease