Common Causes of Chronic Kidney Disease

There is no single cause of chronic kidney disease. Some forms of the disease may be inherited, while others are acquired.

The two most common causes are diabetes and high blood pressure. Others are glomerulonephritis (nephritis), polycystic kidney disease, urinary tract obstruction, reflux nephropathy, and drug- or medication-induced kidney problems. Bacteria such as E. coli and bacterial infections, such as strep throat, are other culprits.

Other problems can affect the kidneys. Some of these are kidney stones, Alport syndrome, Fabry disease, and Wilms’ tumor.

Click on the menu links for more information on some of the causes of chronic kidney disease, or visit the Services and Support section of this website to download or order brochures from your local Kidney Foundation branch office.

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