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45 year old female with stage 3 CKD



I am a 45 year old female, athleticly fit, with 4 and 11 year old year old children that has just been diagnosed with CKD. My GFR on two test taken one week apart was 54. I am not diabetic, I am not over weight (5`7,128 lbs), my blood pressure was slightly elevated 120/90, and for 20 years I have known that I have a defective aortic heart valve. I am afraid I am dying. What does it all mean? Will my condition get worse or is there a way to stablize it?


Your prognosis depends a lot on what is causing your CKD, so you need to be evaluated by a kidney specialist. It is possible that the condition can be stabilized. I wish I could give a better answer but more information would be necessary such as; the urinalysis, renal imaging, your current and past medication history(including over-the-counter meds)and your family history. You may even need a kidney biopsy. Please seek a specialist evaluation.

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Thomas   Zipp, MD Thomas Zipp, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University