Kidney Disease Directory
Kidney (renal) disease can cause fluid and waste buildup, which can be potentially deadly. Kidney disease can be caused by diabetes, infections, high blood pressure, hepatitis, and other conditions. Symptoms include swelling, frequent urination, dry skin, fatigue, and many other signs. Treatments for renal disease include medications (to control other conditions that can cause kidney disease), dialysis, and kidney transplants. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how kidney disease is contracted, how to treat it, and more.
What Is Kidney Disease? What Causes It?
Learn about the causes and symptoms of kidney disease from the experts at WebMD.
Albumin Urine Test
A microalbumin test evaluates urine for the presence of a protein called albumin.
Chronic Kidney Disease-Prevention
Chronic kidney disease may sometimes be prevented by controlling the other diseases or factors that can contribute to kidney disease. Since chronic kidney disease is often caused by high blood pressure and diabetes, keeping your blood pressure and blood s
Diabetic Nephropathy-Treatment Overview
Diabetic nephropathy is treated with medications that lower blood pressure and protect the kidneys. These medications may reverse kidney damage and are started as soon as any amount of protein is found in the urine (microalbuminuria).
George Lopez Gets a New Kidney
When comedian George Lopez needed a new kidney, his wife, Ann, donated one of her own.
Protecting Your Kidneys When You Have Diabetes
If you have diabetes, your kidneys are at risk. Early treatment is crucial, but symptoms are few at first. Here's what you should know to keep your kidneys healthy.
Slideshows & Images
The Kidneys (Human Anatomy): Picture, Function, Definition, and Conditions
WebMD's Kidneys Anatomy Page provides a detailed image and definition of the kidneys. Learn about their function, location in the body, and conditions that affect the kidneys.
Slideshow: 12 Lifestyle Tips to Avoid Diabetes Complications
Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Kidney Stones
Sudden, intense pain is the hallmark of a kidney stone. See pictures of different types, the causes, symptoms, and treatments. Learn who gets kidney stones and how to prevent them.