Welcome to our kidney disease patient-education website!
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with kidney disease, you may have many questions and concerns about your condition. This website provides accurate and up-to-date information about certain types of kidney diseases (glomerular diseases), including their causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
Kidney disease occurs when the kidneys are damaged and cannot properly filter waste and excess fluids from the blood. It can be acute, meaning it develops suddenly, or chronic, meaning it develops over time. Various factors, including infections, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, and high blood pressure, can cause kidney disease.
Symptoms of kidney disease may include swelling in the face, hands, or feet, foam or blood in the urine, high blood pressure, and fatigue. Treatment may include medications to reduce inflammation, control blood pressure, or manage diabetes, and lifestyle changes to protect the kidneys. In severe cases, dialysis or a kidney transplant may be necessary.