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Kidney disease is a seriously underdiagnosed condition in Australia

A woman living in outback Australia, was separated from her family for 2 years because of kidney failure - the only treatment facilities were thousands of miles from her home. Kidney disease is rarely diagnosed early and sometimes as much as 90% of functioning can be lost before symptoms are felt. Patients with end-stage kidney failure will die unless they have dialysis or a transplant. Diabetes, high blood pressure and glomerulonephritis (kidney inflammation) are the main causes of kidney disease. Symptoms of kidney disease are similar to many other conditions and include tiredness, lethargy, fatigue, anemia, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, breathlessness, swollen ankles, frequent urination at night and weight gain. Full dialysis usually takes about 6 hours a day and depression is common amongst patients. The average waiting time for a kidney transplant in Australia is about 3.8 years but some have waited for as long as 11 years. Today, there are about 13,700 people on dialysis or awaiting a kidney transplant. 40% of diabetics will develop kidney disease. 2000 new patients go onto dialysis annually and 600 transplants are done (about half come from live donors and half from cadavers). Every week, one person dies while waiting for a kidney transplant. Because dialysis only does about 5-10% of the kidneys work, complications (such as peripheral neuropathy) and deterioration are common. Kidney disease screening involves blood pressure, urine and blood test. Those at highest risk of the condition are people with diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of the condition, indigenous Australians and old people. Early detection can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Weekend Australian

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About: Kidney disease is a seriously underdiagnosed condition in Australia

Date: 11 December 2004

Source: The Weekend Australian

Author: Denise Murray


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