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Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease is a common disorder that affects more than 26 million Americans. Diabetes and hypertension are the two major causes of chronic kidney disease. The Nephrology Division at UConn Health offers comprehensive care to patients with chronic kidney disease, in partnership with our researchers who work hard to search for new and better treatment options and a cure for chronic kidney disease.

We also offer a complimentary kidney disease education program for patients, family, and friends who would like to learn more.

Kidney Disease Education


Kidney disease can be present for years before you start to experience symptoms. Once the disease progresses, the symptoms of chronic kidney disease often include one or more of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Urinating more frequently
  • Itching
  • High blood pressure


Once chronic kidney disease is diagnosed with blood tests, urine tests, imaging tests, or a biopsy, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you. Most stages of kidney disease are treated with medications, and a change in diet may help. For late-stage chronic kidney disorder, dialysis or a kidney transplant may be the best course of action.


With proper diagnosis and treatment and lifestyle changes, patients with chronic kidney disease can live for years with improved quality of life. Your team of medical professionals will work together to create a personalized treatment plan to give you the best possible outcome.

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