Chronic kidney disease at a glance

Chronic Kidney Disease Treatment

Develop a better understanding of kidney function and the important role your kidneys play in maintaining your health. You can also review what the kidneys do, discover the different types of kidney disease, and learn more about the symptoms and causes of CKD.

Types of kidney disease

Chronic kidney failure

is the gradual loss of kidney function that results from a long-term disease. This is the more common type of kidney failure. Although it cannot be reversed, it can be treated.

Acute kidney failure

is a sudden loss of kidney function resulting from an injury, disease, contrast dye or blood poisoning. Acute kidney failure can usually be reversed within a few weeks if treated quickly.

End-stage renal disease (ESRD)

is a condition where the kidneys do not work, or where only very little kidney function is left.