What is Kidney Disease?
Definition of Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease is when one suffers from gradual and usually permanent loss of kidney function over time. This happens gradually over time, usually months to years. Chronic kidney disease is divided into 5 stages of increasing severity. Stage 5 chronic kidney failure is also referred to as end-stage renal disease, wherein there is total or near-total loss of kidney function and patients need dialysis or transplantation to stay alive. Another name for kidney failure is "renal failure." Mild kidney disease is often called renal insufficiency. In order to qualify you must have chronic kidney disease that lasts longer than 12 months.
For this condition to be severe enough to meet the Social Security Administration's listing the claimant must have:
- Chronic hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis necessitated by irreversible renal failure; OR
- Kidney transplant; OR
- Persistent increase of serum creatinine or significant reduction of the creatinine clearance levels; these abnormalities must be present at least 3 months.