When you first hear this diagnosis, it?s scary. But there are a few things you should know.Updated: Oct 16, 2003 20:02 IST
When you first hear this diagnosis, it’s scary. But there are a few things you should know.
First, there are three treatment options available. Your renal care team will pick one to match your lifestyle and physical needs Treatment options vary with the nature and stage of the disease.
Several medications, including corticosteroids, are available to treat or control early-stage kidney disease. In the case of late-state disease or kidney failure, the options include dialysis or kidney transplantation.
Non-treatment is also an option. However, the non treatment choice will lead to death.
Second, you are the most important member of your renal care team. Other members include your doctor, your nurse, your family, your friends, self-help groups, dialysis clinic personnel, nutritionists or dieticians, and qualified social workers.
Third, you are not alone. Estimates show that more than a million people worldwide have kidney failure.
The process of removing waste matter and maintaining electrolyte balance through diffusion is called dialysis. Usually performed by the kidneys, this is performed by artificial means in kidney patients.
First Published: Oct 16, 2003 20:02 IST