End stage renal disease

Also called: ESRD, end stage renal failure

End stage renal disease (ESRD) is the last stage (stage five) of chronic kidney disease (CKD). This means kidneys are only functioning at 10%–15% of their normal capacity. Kidneys are important organs that contribute to your overall well-being.  When kidney function is this low, they cannot effectively remove waste or excess fluid from your blood.

Kidneys are also responsible for other functions that support the body, such as balancing electrolytes and producing certain hormones. When chronic kidney disease develops into ESRD, dialysis or a kidney transplant is necessary to stay alive.

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