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Can chronic kidney disease be cured?

Can chronic kidney disease be cured?

No: Chronic kidney disease usually denotes long time of kidney disease and therefore denotes non curable conditions. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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What are the tests for Chronic Kidney Disease?

What are the tests for Chronic Kidney Disease?

Serum Creatinine: The serum creatinine is used to estimate kidney function. This information is present on all labs identified as the eGFR. Normal is >90, Stage 1 >90 with urine protein present, Stage 2 60-90, Stage 3 30-59, Stage 4 15-29, Stage 5 <15, Stage 6 on dialysis. The eGFR is an estimate and the real function is generally +/- 50% of the number. Example eGFR 30 could really be anywhere from 15-45. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?

What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?

Different symptoms: Well with progression of ckd patients usually become more tired and become more anemic. Nausea, vomiting shortness of breath and weight loss are usually late symptoms. Patients should already have been seen by a kidney doctor to manage their disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease?

What are the symptoms of Chronic Kidney Disease?

Often no syptoms: Most often it is asymptomatic.Symptoms depends on the cause of kidney and severity of kidney disease. Common symptoms are leg and facial swelling, fatigue, changes in appetite, shortness of breath etc. Docs often want to diagnose chronic kidney disaese in early reversible stages before symptoms develop. Please consult your doc ...Read more

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What could be the cause of chronic kidney disease?

What could be the cause of chronic kidney disease?

CKD causes: There are many causes of chronic kidney disease (ckd). Among them are diabetes, types 1 and 2, hypertension, exposure to drugs that harm the kidney, obstruction of the urinary outflow tract, amyeloid, glomerular diseases of the kidney and HIV to name several. See a nephrologist for more information about the cause of ckd in your case. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Chronic Kidney Disease?

Many,,,: The complications of chronic kidney disease are many. There is hypertension from inability of the kidneys to excrete fluid, along with edema or swelling in the body. There is anemia due to the kidney's inability to produce erythropoietin which stimulates red cell production. There is also accumulation of urea, a waste product and potassium which can affect heart rhythm, and many more besides. ...Read more

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What are the effects of chronic kidney disease on your skin?

What are the effects of chronic kidney disease on your skin?

Eczema: Most of my patients have eczema because kidney disease affects the immune system. You can have a scleroderma like disease also. Itching occurs also. ...Read more

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How effective is sevelamer (Renvela) for treating chronic kidney disease?

How effective is sevelamer (Renvela) for treating chronic kidney disease?

Depend...: Renvela is a phosphorus binder so to control low calcium and high phosphorus which happen in patients with end-stage kidney disease, usually under dialysis. Hence, it would not help reverse chronic kidney disease since low calcium with high phosphorus emerges at the very ending if kidney failure. More? Ask your nephrologist. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for chronic kidney disease?

Dialysis: When your kidneys function less than 6 cc per minute calculated filtration rate, you should go on dialysis. Normal rate is about 60-75cc per minute. Unless you get chest pain, shortness of breath or severe swelling, you may not be ble to tell the difference between mild, moderte and severe kidney disease. You should bemonitored by a kidney specialist. ...Read more

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How do you code "acute on chronic kidney disease"?

How do you code "acute on chronic kidney disease"?

Sudden change: One can have chronic kidney disease (diabetes, trauma, glomerular disease, etc.) stable for years, and then something acute happens; like a passing kidney stone or an infection can make the function even worse. ...Read more

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What is a good diuretic for chronic kidney disease?

What is a good diuretic for chronic kidney disease?

Cant tell: This is decided after a complete clinical exam and depends what kind of kidney problem is involved/. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Chronic Kidney Disease?

What are the treatments for Chronic Kidney Disease?

Pressure control: Control blood pressure, identify and control causative disease (diabetes, SLE etc.) Na restriction, protein restriction, appropriate diagnotic testing and followup. Pre dialysis preparation and education. Transplant preparation, dialysis access and modality planning. Removal of nephrotoxic medications, foods and behavior, achieve ideal body weight and stop smoking. ...Read more

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What is the pathophysiology of chronic kidney disease?

What is the pathophysiology of chronic kidney disease?

Multiple reasons: Genetics Congenital disorders with altered kidney size, shape, function Medications auto immune disorders Diabetes These are common causes of alterations in kidney function that work by either harming the structure, blood flow or function of the kidney ...Read more

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What urine tests are needed for chronic kidney disease?

What urine tests are needed for chronic kidney disease?

Depends on the type: Of disease. Measurement of serum creatinine is a good test to assess the degree of kidney disease. Other tests may be chosen depending on the cause of chronic kidney disease, e.G, urinalysis, serum protein electrophoresis, autoantibodies etc. ...Read more

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Can there be a natural cure for chronic kidney disease?

Can there be a natural cure for chronic kidney disease?

Only transplantation: Otherwise chronic kidney disease can not be 'cured'. However, very ofet can be stabilized to halt or slow down progression. ...Read more

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How effective is bumetanide for treating chronic kidney disease?

How effective is bumetanide for treating chronic kidney disease?

Bumetanide: Bumetanide (Bumex) is a loop diuretic often used in patients with renal dysfunction. It will increase urine output and help relieve edema (swelling) but no diuretic will "treat" CKD. ...Read more

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When during chronic kidney disease (ckd) do you need a transplant?

When during chronic kidney disease (ckd) do you need a transplant?

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. ...Read more

Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more


Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Chronic Kidney Disease (Definition)

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as chronic renal disease, is a progressive loss in renal function over a period of months or years. Chronic kidney disease is identified by a blood test for creatinine. Higher levels of creatinine indicate a decreased capability of the kidneys ...Read more