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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition where the kidneys do not work effectively.
CKD does not usually cause symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. It is usually detected at earlier stages by blood and urine tests. Main symptoms of advanced kidney disease include:
If you are at a high risk of developing CKD, you may be screened annually. Screening may be recommended if you have:
Read more about Chronic Kidney Disease on the NHS Inform website here.
Or you can download the NHS patient information leaflet for CKD here.
Why does it happen?
The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, the size of your fist, located on either side of the body, just beneath the ribcage. The main role of the kidneys is to filter waste products from the blood before converting them into urine. The kidneys also:
Chronic kidney disease is the reduced ability of the kidney to carry out these functions in the long-term. This is most often caused by damage to the kidneys from other conditions, most commonly diabetes and high blood pressure.
CKD Useful Links
National Kidney Federation
About the kidneys