What Causes ESKD?
Kidney failure can occur for many reasons. Diabetes and high blood pressure damage your kidneys’ ability to filter blood. Viral infections, cysts, obesity, heavy alcohol use, kidney stones, chronic kidney infections and some autoimmune disorders can also damage the kidneys, causing them to fail.
ESKD is the last stage of chronic kidney disease. Your doctor will perform an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) test to determine how well your kidneys are filtering your blood. This test helps them establish the stage of your kidney disease. Urine tests, an ultrasound or a kidney biopsy can also help verify the cause of your kidney failure.