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Stage 5 CKD

Also known as: End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), Stage 5 Kidney Disease, Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease

Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), often referred to as End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), is characterized by a glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of 15 ml/min or less. At this advanced stage of kidney disease, the kidneys have lost almost all of their function, necessitating dialysis or a kidney transplant for survival. Symptoms that may manifest in stage 5 CKD include loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, itching, minimal or no urine production, swelling (particularly around the eyes and ankles), muscle cramps, tingling in the hands or feet, as well as changes in skin color and increased skin pigmentation.

If you receive a diagnosis of stage 5 CKD, it is crucial to promptly consult a nephrologist, a specialized doctor in kidney diseases, dialysis, and transplants. The nephrologist will guide you in determining the most suitable treatment approach, such as hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, or kidney transplantation, and will also recommend the appropriate access for dialysis. Your nephrologist will create an overall care plan and oversee your healthcare team.

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