Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

by Amy Sussman, MD

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined by persistent urine abnormalities, structural abnormalities, or impaired excretory renal function suggestive of a loss of functional nephrons. Patients with CKD may suffer from accelerated atherosclerosis and overall higher mortality rates. In patients with end-stage renal disease, limited access to dialysis (renal replacement therapy) is an extremely morbid problem in many parts of the world.

When managing patients with CKD, early detection of disease progression and prevention (if possible) are the gold standard in decreasing morbidity and mortality. If an identifiable underlying cause exists, treatment of that cause may curb progression, such as better control of blood sugars in diabetics or blood pressure in hypertensive patients (in fact, the most common etiologies of CKD worldwide are diabetes mellitus and hypertension). In addition to blood pressure and glucose control, disease-specific therapy and renin-angiotensin system inhibition are the cornerstones of therapy. CKD complications significantly decrease quality of life and often require multidisciplinary management.

Course Details

  • Videos 15
  • Duration 1:13 h
  • Quiz questions 41
  • Concept Pages 8


Your Educators of course Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

 Amy Sussman, MD

Amy Sussman, MD

Dr. Amy Sussman is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Vice Chair of Education in the Department of Medicine of the University of Arizona (UA), USA.
She obtained her MD from the University of Arizona in 2001 and completed residency and a Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Sussman was recruited back to the UA in 2009 and also serves as her department's clerkship director, and as the program director of the UA Nephrology Fellowship.
Because of her strong emphasis on medical student teaching, she has been distinguished with multiple teaching awards in the UA College of Medicine.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Sussman teaches courses on Nephrology.

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Completa y sencilla de entender
By Fernando R. on 02. April 2023 for Assessing Kidney Function: Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) with Case

Una explicación completa y sencilla, me gustó que dió ejemplos de casos. Se la recomiendo a estudiantes de medicina en etapa clínica y como repaso para profesionales de atención primaria.

Simple explanation of a complicated subject.
By Zelalem D. on 15. November 2022 for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

I loved this really consolidated some of my scattered and disorganized 'knowledge'. It was simple but logical and easy to apply to what I already knew. An excellent refresher.

Lecture is great
By Irfan A. on 09. April 2021 for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)


I like her teaching style and the cases she used as examples. The lectures were explicit
By Ernest A. on 02. August 2020 for Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

I like her teaching style and the cases she used as examples. The lectures were explicit .