Advanced Kidney Disease

Friday, June 15, 2012

Advanced kidney or renal failure is the final stage of chronic kidney disease, necessitating dialysis or a kidney transplant. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Kidney failure is when your kidneys dont work right, and waste products build up in your blood. Your blood pressure might increase, and you might retain water. When kidney failure is found early, treatment can slow the disease.

Most people with kidney failure will not have any symptoms until late in the disease. Some of the most common symptoms are nausea, poor appetite, feeling tired, itching, swelling and trouble sleeping. Kidney failure usually does not cause pain, but patients may have pain from other medical problems.

Dialysis is one treatment option for kidney disease, but it is not recommended until late in the disease when the kidneys are no longer able to function. A kidney transplant is another option for some patients.

People with kidney failure can live for years on dialysis, but complications are common. If you have serious kidney failure, you should have a living will and durable power of attorney for health care. Talk to your family and friends so that they know your preferences.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.