One in 10 with kidney damage
There is a huge need to raise awareness about the dangers of kidney disease, with one in 10 of the population worldwide having some form of kidney damage.
Some children are born with kidney disease and others develop it when still very young. The symptoms of kidney disease in children are often non-specific, which means that there is a risk that kidney problems may be missed.
In childhood, the leading causes of kidney failure are hereditary conditions, often lacking obvious indicators such as haematuria (red blood cells in the urine), hypertension (high blood pressure) or oedema (swelling). Additionally, kidney disease that becomes evident in adulthood may occur more often in persons with risk factors that can be detected in childhood.
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