What is end-stage kidney disease?

End stage kidney disease is when the kidneys are so damaged (by disease, drugs, or other causes) that they are no longer functioning or are having a minimal capacity to function. This requires people to be on dialysis and medications to perform the function of the kidney.
End-stage kidney disease occurs when about 85-90% of kidney function has been lost. People with kidney failure may experience nausea, vomiting, weakness, fatigue, confusion, difficulty concentrating and loss of appetite. It can be diagnosed by blood and urine tests.

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