The kidneys filter waste products from the blood then convert them into urine. But there are other important roles that these two bean-shaped organs play in the body too. They produce Vitamin D for healthy bones, help maintain blood pressure, keep chemical levels stable and help stimulate red blood cell production.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) usually affects those over 60, with one in four women and one in five men aged between 65 and 74 affected. Diabetes and high blood pressure are risk factors, as is a family history of CKD, which may mean you need to attend annual screening. Symptoms don’t usually occur until CKD has reached an advanced stage but it is usually diagnosed earlier with urine and blood tests. If you notice any of the following symptoms, see your GP:
- Blood in urine
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen feet, ankles or hands
Whilst there’s no cure for CKD, treatment can slow or halt its progression whilst reducing your risk of stroke or heart attack, so failure to diagnose kidney disease could have serious implications. CKD could cause kidney failure and you may need dialysis or a kidney transplant. Lifestyle changes as well as medication to lower cholesterol and blood pressure can help manage the condition.
Claiming compensation for medical negligence
If your GP has failed to diagnose your kidney disease, you are probably feeling shocked, let down and worried about the future. Failing to diagnose any condition could have serious implications for the future and your prognosis, as lifestyle changes and treatment could have been started sooner. If there is evidence that medical negligence occurred, you may be able to claim compensation for your pain, suffering and any loss of earnings caused by your failed diagnosis. In some cases, failure to diagnose kidney disease could mean you’ll need a kidney transplant, or could even be fatal.
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Date Published: August 14, 2014
Author: David Brown