Overview

Overview

If you are diagnosed with kidney disease, it means your kidneys are not doing their job to rid your body of waste products. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which your kidneys are increasingly less able to function, eventually leading to kidney failure.  There is no cure for CKD, but you can take steps to keep your kidneys functioning for as long as possible.

At Cleveland Clinic Center for Chronic Kidney Disease our care team focuses on empowering you with education and support to manage your disease and improve your quality of life. The most important step you can take is to become informed about the treatment options and available resources.

Treatment is focused on slowing the progression of kidney failure, identifying and managing the risks for developing cardiovascular disease, and helping with the transition to kidney replacement, whether to dialysis or kidney transplant.

The Center is also dedicated to new research exploring CKD’s relationship with other serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and anemia.

What We Treat

What We Treat

Conditions & Treatments

Research and Innovations

Research and Innovations

CKD Registry

Cleveland Clinic developed a registry with over 100,000 patients affected by CKD that will aid in monitoring this population’s progress during the life cycle of the disease. The registry includes demographic information, critical parameters, and outcome measurements.

The ability to follow patients from primary care management to nephrologic care on to CKD care and finally to renal replacement therapy, is a valuable foundation for future research and discovery. The registry helps to shed light on how the medical community recognizes and manages CKD.

CKD Carepath

The National Kidney Foundation set evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for all stages of CKD and related complications. Cleveland Clinic is developing a computer-based CKD Carepath to assist caregivers in the diagnosis and management of CKD. The CKD Carepath will inform physicians of CKD management suggestions based on the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative. Because CKD is often discovered in later stages, and sometimes a person has lost 70 percent of kidney function by that time, Cleveland Clinic is taking aggressive steps to identify the disease in its early stages. That way, CKD and related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, can be managed with optimum results.

Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study

Cleveland Clinic is participating in a long-term observational study of 3,000 individuals with mild to moderate CKD. The study, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is examining the relationship between CKD and cardiovascular disease in order to better diagnose and treat both conditions.

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