Your kidneys filter excess fluids and waste from your blood. This waste leaves the body through your urine. Chronic kidney disease or kidney failure is the gradual loss of kidney function. When kidney disease is advanced, dangerously high levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes build up in your body. Managing chronic kidney disease focuses on slowing the progression of kidney damage including controlling underlying causes. Kidney disease can progress to end-stage kidney failure, which can be fatal, but may be treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation.
Learn more from Dr. Janet Pedro, nephrologist with the Nanticoke Physician Network: