Chronic Kidney Disease: Definition
Chronic renal failure occurs when a kidney is damaged and cannot work effectively. Kidneys clean waste from the blood, which passes out of the body in urine.
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Chronic renal failure is often caused by diseases such as:
Last reviewedJuly 2013by Adrienne Carmack, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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