There are good reasons why you should know the basics
about renal disease. (There are different types of kidney diseases. This
section will deal with ESRD or End Stage Renal Disease.)
Kidney damage goes unnoticed in the early stages, as there are no
alarming symptoms. Early stages of kidney disease are manageable.
Unfortunately, in most cases, the problem comes to light only when the
kidney functions have dropped to such a level that the patient requires
drastic measures like dialysis or transplantation.
There are no reliable statistics about kidney patients in India. In
the West it is estimated that for every 10 lakh people there are 100
patients developing advanced kidney disease each year. Even applying the
same statistics to India, we have at least 100,000 people developing End
Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) each year. This is not a small number.
Public health services in India do not provide for free or
subsidised dialysis or transplantation facilities. Apart from being
painful, ESRD treatment is also very expensive.
Preventive care is possible and early kidney damage is manageable.
Alertness and care on your part may help you prevent kidney disease.
Types of Renal Failure
The Causes of Renal Failure
Useful Health Links
Information on some aspects of
Renal Disease, especially on Dialysis, has been sourced from Baxter India
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