Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

You have been signposted to this information as you have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Doctors use this term to describe a situation when the kidneys no longer work as well as they did. The kidneys naturally decline in function as we age and therefore many older people will have CKD. Other diseases, such as diabetes, can also cause damage to the kidneys.

The diagnosis is made based on the results of a common blood test. This means that many patients are identified following routine testing used to monitor things like medication or during hospital admissions. We also undertake regular searches to identify patients with a blood test result that might indicate CKD.

Most patients with Chronic Kidney Disease will not have any symptoms and the vast majority will not develop kidney failure. In most cases there will be no impact on day to day living. However, it is important that we identify patients with CKD as regular monitoring of kidney function is important and we may need to prescribe different doses of some medications. In some cases, particularly if the CKD is more severe, we may need to undertake additional investigations and a small minority of patients will need referral to a kidney specialist.

It is also really important that other providers of health care, such as hospital specialists, are aware of CKD if a patient is referred. The treatment they provide might need to change if a patient has CKD.

There is lots more useful information available at this website:

https://patient.info/kidney-urinary-tract/chronic-kidney-disease-leaflet

Information written December 2021