Chronic Kidney Disease (cont.)
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Many people who develop chronic kidney disease don't have symptoms at first. This is known as the "silent" phase of the disease.
As your kidney function gets worse, you may:
At first with chronic kidney disease, your kidneys are still able to regulate the balance of fluids, salts, and waste products in your body. But as kidney function decreases, you will start to have other problems, or complications. The worse your kidney function gets, the more complications you'll have and the more severe they will be.
When kidney function falls below a certain point, it is called kidney failure. Kidney failure has harmful effects throughout your body. It can cause serious heart, bone, and brain problems and make you feel very ill.
After you have kidney failure, either you will need to have dialysis or you will need a new kidney. Both choices have risks and benefits.
Complications of chronic kidney disease
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