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2. Kidney Failure is Progressive

Chronic kidney disease is characterized by the kidneys' inability to remove waste from the bloodstream adequately. As nephrons gradually die, kidney damage occurs progressively. Symptoms of kidney disease, however, don't typically present until 75% of nephrons have died. By this time, the many vital functions of the kidney are affected, and the damage is irreversible.

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