From renal failure to transplant: the importance of time from prevention to treatment
In Italy, there are 2,200,000 adults with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), of which 800,000 with a significant level of dysfunction. It is a serious disease for its significant extrarenal complications, which are often present from the very beginning and accompany the patient even for 10-15 years and, in particular, throughout the natural course of the disease that, at the best of times, evolves until dialysis, which is disabling and with high costs for the community (dialysis expense amounts to Euro 2.4 billion/year in spite of the fact that dialysed patients represent only 0.08% of the general population), if not until the patient’s death. CKD can be prevented and treated thanks to a healthy lifestyle aimed at reducing the onset of hypertension, diabetes and obesity and only few (and simple) “nephrology” checks can allow early diagnosis.
The timeliness of implementing therapeutic strategies allows to improve the patient’s survival, renal function and life quality, as well as to save the (already limited) economic and human resources for public health.
Chairman: Sergio Stefoni.