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Definition of End-stage renal disease

End-stage renal disease: ESRD. Chronic irreversible renal failure.

Also known as Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 6 or CKD 6. The state where renal replacement therapy is needed, either dialysis or transplant.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=33640
Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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