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Light-Chain Deposition Disease (LCDD)

Light-chain deposition disease (LCDD) is a rare disorder occurring most often during the sixth decade of life. It is characterized by depositing light chains in various organs and always affects the kidneys. Learn more about LCDD and available treatment options.

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Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis

Your kidneys are part of a blood-filtering system that eliminates waste products from the body. A type of kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) interferes with that system. FSGS produces scars within the kidneys, causing them to lose the ability to work. Learn more about the causes and symptoms of FSGS, as well as the treatments for this disease.

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Understanding Chronic Kidney Disease

After being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease it's important to learn all you can about the disease and how to treat it. A better understanding will help make it easier to talk to your doctor and make decisions about your health.

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What Is Glomerulosclerosis?

Glomerulosclerosis is the scarring of the kidney’s tiny filtering units called glomeruli. Glomerulosclerosis can be caused by varying types of kidney conditions. Often the cause of glomerulosclerosis is not known. Discover the signs and symptoms of glomerulosclerosis, as well as the treatment.

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Restless Leg Syndrome and Chronic Kidney Disease

Are there times when you feel an uncomfortable or unpleasant sensation in your legs and get the urge to move them? If this happens when you are trying to relax or fall asleep, you may have a condition called restless leg syndrome (RLS). Many people with chronic kidney disease and those on dialysis have reported having a problem with restless leg syndrome. Restless leg syndrome is annoying and it can prevent you from getting an adequate amount of sleep. Learn more about restless leg syndrome, its causes and what can be done to help you get the rest you need.

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Inflammation and Chronic Kidney Disease

Inflammation is the body’s response to help fight off foreign substances, such as viruses, bacteria and injury. However, sometimes inflammation can become a problem and damage the tissues in the body. For chronic kidney disease patients on dialysis, inflammation can lead to poor appetite, poor nutrition and cardiovascular disease. Learn about inflammation, how it affects people with chronic kidney disease and how to treat it.

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Infections and Chronic Kidney Disease

Your body fights infections continually; whether it’s the redness around a small cut on your finger or a common cold. But if an infection grows faster than your immune system can fight it, your body can be overwhelmed. If you have chronic kidney disease, your ability to fight infection may be weakened because of your condition. What can you do to keep yourself infection free? Learn more about infections, how they can affect people with renal disease and what you can do to boost your body’s immune system.

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Hair, Nails and Chronic Kidney Disease

Appearance is important to many people. So when a person with chronic kidney disease goes through changes like hair loss or nail discoloration, it can be uncomfortable. Learn how your hair and nails may visibly change with chronic kidney disease and dialysis, and how you can help get them healthy.

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Eyes and Chronic Kidney Disease

Many people consider sight the most important of the five senses. Without the ability to see, day-to-day tasks can be difficult, frustrating and dangerous. Patients with chronic kidney disease may be surprised to discover that vision can be affected by their condition. Learn what you can do to protect your eyesight and the health of your eyes.

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Dental Health for People with Kidney Disease

When was the last time you saw your dentist? Good oral health can help prevent dental problems such as tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease. More than that, good dental health is important to avoid other complications for people with chronic kidney disease. Learn more about why taking care of your teeth is important, especially if you have kidney disease.

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Chronic Kidney Disease and Your Heart

If you have chronic kidney disease (CKD), you’re probably concerned about the health of your kidneys and how well they are functioning. But your kidneys aren’t the only organs at risk. Your heart and blood vessels can become damaged as a result of CKD or as a result of the underlying conditions that caused your renal disease. Find out about the risk of cardiovascular disease and what you can do to help the health of your blood vessels and heart.

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Most Common Questions Kidney Patients Ask Doctors

Dr. Kristensen is an accomplished DaVita nephrologist. She has written a special guest article for DaVita.com. Dr. Kristensen answers some of the more common questions she is asked when meeting with a kidney patient for the first time.

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Who Gets End Stage Renal Disease?

End stage renal disease (ESRD) is the final stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD) when dialysis or a transplant is needed to stay alive. But who gets ESRD? Find out what leads to ESRD and if you are at risk.

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What Is Glomerulonephritis?

Glomerulonephritis, also called glomerular disease, is a type of kidney disease in which the kidneys’ filters become inflamed or damaged. It is the third leading cause of end stage renal disease (ESRD) in the United States. There are many different causes of glomerulonephritis, including infections or autoimmune diseases such as lupus, and it can come on slowly or quickly. In some cases, glomerulonephritis can lead to ESRD and dialysis. Learn more about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of glomerulonephritis.

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What Is Creatinine?

Have you ever heard your doctor or nurse discuss your creatinine level? Creatinine is a chemical waste product that is released into the blood when muscles contract. With good kidney function, creatinine is filtered from the blood through the kidneys. When creatinine levels are high, it can be an indicator of kidney disease. Doctors will order a blood test for serum creatinine levels to determine kidney function and use the number to calculate glomerular filtration rate (GFR), which can determine the stage of chronic kidney disease.

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Use of Radiological Tools for Evaluating Kidney Disease

Advances in medicine are not only used to treat diseases, but also to diagnose them. Radiological tools, including x-rays, ultrasound, computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may be tests you have undergone. DaVita nephrologist, Dr. Purushottama Sagireddy, shares the various radiological tests doctors use to diagnose kidney disease and explains what information is provided by each test.

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Understanding Your Lab Work

GFR. Kt/V. BUN. CCr. This alphabet soup represents important tests given to people with chronic kidney disease. These tests and others tell you and your healthcare team how well your kidneys are working and if your treatment plan is effective. Understanding what these tests measure and what the results mean can help you manage your condition.

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Renal Cancer and Chronic Kidney Disease

Renal cell cancer (RCC), or kidney cancer, is an abnormal mass or tumor growing in the kidney. It may spread to other parts of the body, most often the bones or lungs. Learn more about RCC.

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Kidney Stones and Chronic Kidney Disease

Kidney stones, if left untreated, can lead to more serious kidney problems such as chronic kidney disease. Treatment of kidney stones and taking steps to prevent reoccurrence can reduce the risk of kidney stones progressing to disease.

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Fabry Disease

Fabry disease is a rare genetic condition that affects the body’s ability to metabolize fatty substances called GL-3 lipids. As a result, these substances accumulate in body tissues and organs, eventually affecting organ function, including the kidneys and the heart. Discover the causes, symptoms and treatments of Fabry disease.

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Do You Have Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) happens over time; however, there are usually few symptoms to indicate there is a problem until a person is in kidney failure and needs dialysis. For those who may have kidney problems and have symptoms, seeing a doctor early may help them be able to slow the progression of kidney disease and delay or prevent dialysis. Here are some symptoms of kidney disease.

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Acute Kidney Failure - When Kidneys Suddenly Stop Working

Most kidney disease occurs gradually over many years, however, there are times when kidneys suddenly stop working. Learn about the causes, symptoms and treatment of acute kidney failure and how it may be prevented. Learn More »

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