About Kidney Disease and Transplantation
Advanced kidney disease – which can eventually cause the kidneys to fail – can result from chronic conditions such as diabetic nephropathy, glomerulonephritis, atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome, immunoglobulin A nephropathy, nephrotic syndrome, polycystic kidney disease, and renal vascular disease.
People of African-American, Hispanic, and American-Indian origin are at significantly higher risk of developing advanced kidney disease than people of other races.
People with kidney disease may experience high blood pressure; frequent, difficult, or painful urination; swelling of the hands and feet and puffiness around the eyes; blood or protein in the urine; and abnormal results of kidney-function testing.
The goal of kidney transplantation is to both prolong and improve the quality of your life.