The Progression Of Kidney Disease
Millions suffer from the symptoms of kidney disease in the United States. Kidney disease can be caused by high blood pressure, a variety of illnesses, infections, toxic levels of drugs and physical trauma resulting in kidney injuries. For some patients, the cause of kidney disease is never precisely determined and many live with kidney disease for many years without realizing it due to the subtle nature of many symptoms.
There are several types of kidney disease, at least two of which can be diagnosed and treated before they become life-threatening: glomerulonephritis and light chain deposition disease.
Sadly, many who suffer the ill effects of kidney disease would be much healthier if their doctors had tested and referred these patients to specialists as early as possible. In the early stages, urine tests and possibly a biopsy can lead to an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
Chronic Kidney Disease • Advanced Kidney Disease • End-Stage Renal Disease/Kidney Failure
Kidney failure and trauma may diminish kidney function incrementally over time (chronic kidney disease) or lead to abrupt and massive kidney failure (acute renal failure).
- Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a gradual but continual loss of kidney function over time, often many years. A proper diagnosis during the chronic phase of kidney disease can allow for treatment that could minimize or possibly even reverse the course of the disease. According to the National Kidney Foundation, one in nine Americans suffers from CKD. People with chronic kidney disease are at high risk for heart attack and high blood pressure, and they may develop end-stage renal failure.
- End-stage renal failure (ESRD) is the total or almost total loss of kidney function. It is a permanent condition. People suffering from ESRD must receive kidney dialysis treatments or receive a kidney transplant to avoid death.
- Acute renal failure (ARF) refers to the sudden loss of healthy kidney function. ARF can be caused by severe force trauma or blood loss from an accident. It can also be caused by a drug overdose (from a prescription error or ingestion of other substances) in certain disease processes.
With the proper medical approach, kidney failure can usually be halted at the chronic stage and sometimes reversed. Negligent treatment — medical malpractice — that involves kidney disease puts lives at risk. At Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.A., our experienced lawyers are here to provide you with the legal help you need to get the compensation you deserve for the damage to your health.
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