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Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major medical issue facing most of the nations. It is particularly prevalent in the GCC, partly because of high levels of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and coronary artery disease. According to reports, there are more than 2,000 UAE residents who have CKD and need kidney dialysis, and this number is expected to rise annually at the rate of 10 per cent. A study published by the UAE University College of Medicine and Health Sciences in Al Ain found that some doctors were not checking patients who were at risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) for signs of the condition, and were failing to use the most effective diagnostic methods. CKD can lead to kidney failure, which is fatal if patients do not receive dialysis, and it is linked to higher death rates from heart attacks and other conditions.
To help both providers and patients, the National Kidney Foundation in the USA has released numerous free and handy apps for acute and chronic kidney disease. Their website contains links to apps, tools, and guidelines for both primary care providers and nephrologists. Their latest app is called Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Care. The app calculates eGFR and based on other input including the albumin creatinine ratio, demographics and urinary findings generates a differential diagnosis for a specific patient. The app contains quick reference guides for each of these diagnoses based on NKF guidelines.