Today's Knowledge Booster: Chronic Kidney Failure

December 19, 2011
Ranbir Kapoor with Shammi Kapoor
Bollywood actor Shammi Kapoor dies, aged 79
Tributes have been paid to Indian film star Shammi Kapoor who has died of kidney failure in Mumbai, aged 79 .

This is a piece of news published in http://www.bbc.co.uk/news on Aug 14, 2011.

Shammi Kapoor does not need any introduction. He is one of the legends of Indian Film Industry. You may be better knowing him as the Uncle of the present Youth Icon Ranbir Kapoor. This very popular film personality had a great fan following. His death broke their hearts.

What caused the death of this legend? Do you know? You might have heard several news channels quoting about chronic kidney failure in his case. Any idea how does it occur? Well, to increase your knowledge, following is a piece of write-up from mayoclinic.com.

Chronic kidney failure describes the gradual loss of kidney function. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood which are then excreted in your urine. When chronic kidney failure damages your kidneys, dangerous levels of fluid and waste can accumulate in your body.
In the early stages of chronic kidney failure, you may have few signs or symptoms. Chronic kidney failure may not become apparent until your kidney function is significantly impaired.

Treatment for chronic kidney failure, also called chronic kidney disease, focuses on slowing the progression of the kidney damage, usually by controlling the underlying cause. Chronic kidney failure can progress to end-stage kidney disease, which is fatal without artificial filtering (dialysis) or a kidney transplant.
Sources: bbc.co.uk and mayoclinic