What Is Kidney Disease?

Chronic kidney disease means that the kidneys aren't removing waste and excess water from the blood as efficiently as they should. The most common causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes and high blood pressure.

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Paralympian Amy Purdy Must Choose Between Keeping Her 'Kidney or Leg' After Developing Blood Clot

The blood clot stretches from her hip to the bottom of her left leg, she explained, and likely developed due to how often she uses her prosthetics.
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6th GradeTeacher Donates His Kidney to Save Student's Life: 'There Is No Greater Gift'

A Georgia teacher helped save his student’s life by donating his kidney — after he was inspired by his own son’s experience with kidney failure.
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Medical Mistakes: Nurse Throws Away Kidney Before Transplant

Mistakes can happen, sure. But medical mistakes never fail to shock, including the story this week that a nurse at the University of Toledo Medical Center threw away a donated kidney intended for a recipient who was, at that very moment, waiting in the operating room to undergo a transplant.
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