Chronic Kidney Disease

Victor Gura, MD -  - Internist

Victor Gura, MD

Internist & Nephrologist located in West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA

Chronic Kidney Disease Specialist
Chronic Kidney Disease often causes few symptoms in its early stages, and having routine screenings is important for maintaining optimal health. As a leading kidney specialist in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Gura is skilled in diagnosis and management of patients with chronic kidney disease, helping them stay as healthy as possible and reducing risks of complications.

Chronic Kidney Disease Q & A

by Victor Gura, MD

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?

Also called Chronic Kidney Failure, Chronic Kidney Disease is a condition that develops when kidney function has been impaired for a long period. Your kidneys are responsible for filtering wastes out of your blood, and when they fail to perform that function on a regular basis, waste products can build up and cause serious illness. Chronic Kidney Disease tends to develop over a long period – sometimes years – and may cause few or no noticeable symptoms in its earliest stages.

What are the risk factors for Chronic Kidney Disease?

Chronic Kidney Disease has been linked with several risk factors, including: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, kidney inflammation, polycystic kidney disease, recurrent kidney infections, heart disease, family history of kidney problems, older age, smoking, and prolonged obstruction of the urinary tract as a result of tumors, kidney stones or other issues.

What symptoms does Chronic Kidney Disease cause?

In its early stages, Chronic Kidney Disease often causes no symptoms, but as it progresses it can cause signs and symptoms of nausea and vomiting; fatigue; problems sleeping; reduced urine output; “brain fog” or problems concentrating; loss of appetite; swelling of the feet and ankles; muscle twinges or cramps; and widespread itching. Also, as fluids and toxins build up, shortness of breath and chest pain may occur, and blood pressure may begin to rise. Because the kidneys can initially compensate for the loss of function, many people do not know they have chronic kidney disease until permanent damage has occurred. Having regular screenings with blood and urine tests is important for “catching” the disease in its early stages. When kidney disease is suspected, a biopsy may be performed to obtain a small tissue sample for further evaluation.

How is Chronic Kidney Disease treated?

Sometimes, Chronic Kidney Disease can be cured with lifestyle changes, medication, and short-term dialysis. But in many cases, treatment is focused on managing symptoms to slow the progression of the disease and reduce the risk of complications. Ongoing dialysis and kidney transplant may be required in patients who continue to progress.

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