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Treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease

You will be referred to a specialist called a nephrologist, who is dedicated to managing kidney diseases. The goals of chronic kidney disease treatment are to:

  • Prevent or delay progression of kidney damage
  • Prevent and treat complications

Treatment of chronic kidney disease depends on its stage. Severe chronic kidney disease must be treated with dialysis or kidney transplantation.

Treatment of less advanced stages may include:

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References:

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Kidney disease basics. National Kidney Disease Education Program website. Available at: http://www.nkdep.nih.gov/patients/kidney_disease_information.htm . March 1, 2012. Accessed July 2, 2013.
National Kidney Foundation. Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI) clinical practice guidelines for bone metabolism and disease in chronic kidney disease. Am J Kidney Dis. 2003; 42:S1-201.
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Last reviewed May 2015 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 5/20/2015

 

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