End-Stage Kidney Disease
The final, permanent stage of chronic kidney disease is known as end-stage kidney disease.
ESKD is just what it sounds like: when the gradual loss of kidney function that occurs with chronic kidney disease has progressed to the point where your kidneys alone can no longer keep you alive. With ESKD, you will require regular dialysis or a kidney transplant.
However, because chronic kidney disease tends to progress slowly, it can take a decade or two to develop into ESKD – depending on how well you manage the disease in the interim.
Stages of Kidney Disease
End-stage kidney disease (ESKD), also known as an end-stage renal disease (ESRD), almost always occurs after years of dealing with chronic kidney disease.
Kidney disease progresses as follows: