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How many stages of kidney disease are there?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
5: There are 5 stages of chronic kidney disease. Stage1 means minimal disease while stage 5 means you are close to dialysis.
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
5: Stage 1 is normal and stage 5 is generally dialysis dependent. The stages are defined by the estimated glomerular filtration rate (egfr) with cut points as follows: stage 1 >90ml/min stage 2 > 60 ml/min stage 3 > 30 ml/min stage 4 > 15 ml/min stage 5 < 15 ml/min the egfr is obtained by either the cockroft gault or the mdrd method.
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely commented
General Practice 32 years experience
ONE of the MOST common causes of kidney failure is Diabetes. The BEST way to prevent kidney failure is keep blood pressure under control, and to maintain healthy lifestyle: eat less salt, exercise, lose weight etc..
Feb 20, 2012

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