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Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease causes gradual damage to the kidneys and loss of kidney function.
The kidneys are responsible for filtering waste and fluids from the blood stream. When they are damaged, high levels of waste and fluid can accumulate in the body, which may require dialysis or a transplant. This can lead to fatigue, difficulty concentrating, swelling of the feet and ankles, frequent urination, and toxins.

Observing Chronic Kidney Disease in the Classroom

Faculty might observe the following characteristics in students with kidney disease:

  • Might be absent more often than others due to treatment
  • May have frequent headaches
  • Might appear fatigued, both physically and cognitively


Related Functional Characteristics

Fatigue (Physical) : Students with chronic kidney disease may experience physical fatigue as a side effect of their disease.

Pain Management : Students with chronic kidney disease may experience pain caused by infection, damage, or loss of function of the kidneys.

Personal Care/ Medical Equipment Needs : Students with chronic kidney disease may need personal care assistant to assist with dialysis machines.

Risk for Injury : A student with chronic kidney disease may require protection against injury to the kidneys during physical activity.

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