Keeping Close Watch on Your Kidney Failure

This chapter is an important one to read to find out more about how your kidney failure is diagnosed and measured, whether your disease is being measured accurately, and whether you are getting worse. You do not need to read this chapter to find out the best way to treat your kidney failure effectively. But if you like to be well informed about the details of your disease, please read on. The information provided is particularly useful for people with kidney failure because, as noted earlier, physical symptoms are not a reliable guide to judging the severity of kidney failure or to the rate at which kidney function is decreasing. Lab measurements are the key.

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