What is Chronic Kidney Failure?

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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a progressive and irreversible deterioration of renal function. That means the kidneys slowly lose their ability to eliminate toxins and control the amount of water in the body. Most cases eventually develop into chronic kidney disease but after a variable period of time and so it may take several years to reach the chronic stage following the initial diagnosis.

When the kidneys start to lose function, then they also stop producing a series of hormones that help regulate blood pressure and stimulate red blood cell production (erythropoietin) and calcium absorption from food in order to maintain healthy bones (vitamin D).

It's Chronic Kidney Disease very common?

There are estimated to be around 50,000 people with chronic kidney disease in Spain, which means 1180 individuals per million suffer from chronic kidney disease. Half of these patients receive transplants and the other half dialysis.

Substantiated information by:

Marta Quintela
Manel Vera
Ángeles Mayordomo
María Teresa López
Bárbara Romano Andrioni
Anna Yuguero
Montserrat Monereo

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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