Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Progressive loss of kidney function

Chronic kidney disease is a progressive loss in kidney function over a period of months or years. There are many different conditions that can cause damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy. When kidney disease progresses, it may eventually lead to kidney failure, which requires dialysis or a kidney transplant for survival.

Since most people with CKD are adults, there have not been many studies that have looked at CKD in children. Children develop CKD for different reasons than adults and may affect them differently. We are doing research to see what causes CKD to get worse in children, and to see how CKD affects a child’s brain development, behavior, heart function, as well as overall growth and well-being.