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Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease

Authors:
  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Publication Type:

Condition InDepth

Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease

The goal of treatment is to slow the disease from causing more harm to the kidneys. Another goal will be to lower the risk of complications.

How CKD is treated will depend on the stage of the disease. Dialysis can take over the job of the kidneys when a person has severe CKD. It may be needed until a kidney transplant is ready.

Treatment may be:

References

  • Chronic kidney disease. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: https://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/genitourinary-disorders/chronic-kidney-disease/chronic-kidney-disease.
  • Chronic kidney disease. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases website. Available at: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/chronic-kidney-disease-ckd.
  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD). Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/condition/chronic-kidney-disease-ckd.
  • Overview of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/overview-of-chronic-kidney-disease-ckd-in-adults.

Contributors

  • Mark S. Itzkowitz, MD, JD
Last Updated:
2022-12-01

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.