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End Stage Kidney Disease

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is end-stage kidney disease (ESRD)?

ESRD is when your kidney function is so poor that you need dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant to survive. ESRD usually occurs after long-term kidney disease.

What are the signs and symptoms of ESRD?

How is ESRD diagnosed and treated?

Blood tests will show how well your kidneys are working and if you have other health conditions caused by ESRD. You may need the following treatments:

How can I manage ESRD?

How can I care for myself?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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