A nephrologist is a doctor who specializes in treating kidney diseases.
2. What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?
Consult your doctor regularly and get all information regarding CKD or any signs and symptoms to help detect it early. Symptoms of kidney disease include -
- Puffiness around the eyes and face
- Swollen feet, ankles and hand
- Fatigue and weakness
- Decrease in appetite
- Blood in urine or foamy urine
- Change in the frequency of urination
Yes, usually patients with kidney problem do not show any symptoms in the initial stages. Hence, itís mandatory that you get yourself tested if you have any risk factors.
4. What are the stages of kidney disease?
There are 5 stages of kidney disease:
- Stage 1 Early signs of kidney damage (protein in the urine) with normal GFR (90 or above)
- Stage 2 Mild Kidney damage with GFR 60 to 89
- Stage 3 Moderate Kidney damage with GFR 30 to 59
- Stage 4 Severe Kidney damage with GFR 15 to 29
- Stage 5 Kidney failure, GFR less than 15