By Richard Schamp, MD
CEO, Capstone Performance Systems

Definitions
Nephropathy refers to any disease of the kidney. In common clinical parlance, the term is modified by an etiology referring to one of over a dozen types, such as analgesic nephropathy, gouty nephropathy or most commonly, diabetic nephropathy. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is defined by GFR (Glomerular Filtration Rate) less than 60 ml/min per 1.73 m2 and/or kidney damage for three or more months. The presence of albuminuria is most commonly used to…

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