Medical News Summary: Kidney disease is a seriously underdiagnosed condition in Australia


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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
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by The Weekend Australian): 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.
URL: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11644923%5E23289,00.html
Related Disease Topics: Kidney failure, Kidney disease, End-stage kidney failure, Kidney transplant, High blood pressure, Diabetes, Glomerulonephritis, Kidney inflammation, Peripheral neuropathy
Related Symptom Topics: Tiredness, lethargy, fatigue, anemia, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, breathlessness, swollen ankles, frequent urination at night, weight gain

Related Medical News Channels: This medical news summary article refers to the following medical channel categories:
  • Dialysis
  • Urine test
  • Blood test
  • Blood pressure test
  • risk and kidney failure
  • risk and kidney disease
  • Underdiagnosed
  • Underdiagnosed and kidney failure
  • Underdiagnosed and kidney disease
  • Underdiagnosed and end-stage kidney failure
  • Underdiagnosed and kidney transplant
  • Underdiagnosed and high blood pressure
  • Underdiagnosed and diabetes
  • Underdiagnosed and glomerulonephritis
  • Underdiagnosed and kidney inflammation
  • Underdiagnosed and peripheral neuropathy
  • Underdiagnosed and tiredness
  • Underdiagnosed and lethargy
  • Underdiagnosed and fatigue
  • Underdiagnosed and anemia
  • Underdiagnosed and nausea
  • Underdiagnosed and loss of appetite
  • Underdiagnosed and sleep disturbance
  • Underdiagnosed and breathlessness
  • Underdiagnosed and swollen ankles
  • Underdiagnosed and frequent urination at night
  • Underdiagnosed and weight gain
  • risk and diabetes
  • risk and high blood pressure
  • Risk and old age
  • Old age
  • Underdiagnosed
  • Diagnosis of kidney failure
  • Diagnosis of kidney disease
  • Diagnosis of end-stage kidney failure
  • Diagnosis of kidney transplant
  • Diagnosis of high blood pressure
  • Diagnosis of diabetes
  • Diagnosis of glomerulonephritis
  • Diagnosis of kidney inflammation
  • Diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy
  • Diagnosis of tiredness
  • Diagnosis of lethargy
  • Diagnosis of fatigue
  • Diagnosis of anemia
  • Diagnosis of nausea
  • Diagnosis of loss of appetite
  • Diagnosis of sleep disturbance
  • Diagnosis of breathlessness
  • Diagnosis of swollen ankles
  • Diagnosis of frequent urination at night
  • Diagnosis of weight gain
  • risk and diabetes
  • risk and high blood pressure
  • Risk and old age
  • Old age

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