The kidneys, two organs located on either side of your spine just above the waist, perform several life-sustaining roles. They cleanse your blood by removing waste and excess fluids, maintain the balance of salt and minerals in your blood, and help regulate blood pressure.
When the kidneys become damaged, waste products and fluid can build up in the body, causing a swelling in your hands and feet, shortness of breath, problems with urination. If left untreated, diseased kidneys may eventually stop functioning completely. Loss of kidney function is a serious -- potentially fatal -- condition
The loss of kidney function over several hours or days is called acute kidney injury, also known as acute renal failure (ARF).
Kidney damage and decreased function lasting longer than 3 months is called chronic kidney disease (CKD). Chronic kidney disease is particularly dangerous since you may not have any symptoms until considerable, often irreparable, kidney damage has been done.
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