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A 21-year-old member asked:

If i have chronic kidney disease, will i ultimately needdialysisor a transplant?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: If you control the factors that caused your chronic disease, then no you will not need dialysis or a transplant. Chronic kidney disase is caused primarily from diabetes and hypertension. If these two medical problems are controlled, then it is unlikely that you chronic kidney disease will worsen.
Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine 49 years experience
No: Many people may stay the same, or improve, with control of their blood pressure, wieght loss, etc.
Dr. Robin Matsukawa
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
No: Depending on the stage and cause of the chronic kidney disease (ckd), you may not need a dialysis or transplant ever if the causes are controllable such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Unfortunately hereditary diseases are not such an easy answer on the topic as there are larger variations including environmental.
Dr. Jason Campbell
Family Medicine 17 years experience
No: Not necessarily. It depends on the cause of the chronic kidney disease, your other health concerns (such as elevated blood pressure), your age, and how long you have had kidney disease. It would be wise to control diabetes, blood pressure, and monitor medication use that could further cause kidney harm to prevent progression to dialysis and/or transplant.

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Depend...: Yes to some, but it's a matter of when. Kidney transplant is done for CKD progressing to esrd stage which becomes insufficient to regulate water, electrolytes, acidity, and other homeostasis through kidneys. But the pace of worsening highly vary and is unpredictable due to the underlying disease and its effectiveness of care. So, talk with consulting nephrologist to address the related issues.
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Dialysis: The only way to treat and prevent folks from dying once disease has progressed too far. Done millions of times a day in US.
Last updated Apr 16, 2014


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