PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What is the leading cause of kidney disease?

ANSWER

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading cause of kidney disease and kidney failure, also called end-stage renal disease.

Hypertension can damage the blood vessels and filters in the kidney. That makes it harder for the organ to do its job of getting rid of waste from the body. Once you’re diagnosed with end-stage renal disease, you’ll need dialysis -- a blood-cleansing process -- or a kidney transplant surgery.

SOURCE: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 23, 2017

SOURCE: National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on June 23, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.