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Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which the functioning of your kidneys gradually declines. As the disease advances, waste and excess fluids build up in your body, causing health problems. Managing chronic kidney disease with lifestyle changes and medicine can help prevent complications.

More than 10 percent of U.S. adults have at least mild chronic kidney disease. Most people do not have any symptoms until the condition is advanced. Symptoms can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination, especially at night
  • Swelling of the ankles and feet
  • Itchy, dry skin
  • Decreased appetite

Your chance of developing chronic kidney disease increases after age 50. Conditions that can cause chronic kidney disease include:

Kidney disease occurs in five stages, from mild to severe. The fifth stage is also known as kidney (renal) failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In this condition, your kidneys have limited function and you must have regular hemodialysis, in which a machine removes waste and fluid from your blood, or a kidney transplant.

Other complications of chronic kidney disease can include anemia, nerve damage, weakening of the bones and cardiovascular problems, including coronary artery disease and heart failure.

At Indiana University Health, we are experts in treating all stages of chronic kidney disease. We provide therapies to prevent or delay further kidney damage and help you avoid complications. Controlling chronic kidney disease requires a combination of lifestyle changes, such as a healthier diet and medicine. We develop an individualized care plan for your specific needs, concerns and preferences.

We have access to the most innovative options for diagnosing and treating chronic kidney disease through our affiliation with Indiana University School of Medicine. We also conduct research on ways to improve care, and we take an active role in training new generations of physicians.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment Information

We offer treatment for chronic kidney disease based on your specific needs. Options include:

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Chronic Kidney Disease Support Services

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