Prevalence and Incidence of Kidney failure


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Kidney failure usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Kidney failure at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Kidney failure refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Kidney failure diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevelance of Kidney failure discussion: More than 200,000 people in the U.S. suffer from kidney failure. As of April 2001, there are 48,639 people in the U.S. waiting for a kidney transplant.1

Prevelance statistics about Kidney failure: The following statistics relate to the prevalence of Kidney failure:

  • 56,598 people with end-stage renal disease were waiting for kidney transplants in the US (United Network for Organ Sharing, 2003, NIDDK)
  • 2,444 people with end-stage renal disease were waiting for kidney and pancreas transplants in the US (United Network for Organ Sharing, 2003, NIDDK)

Incidence statistics about Kidney failure: The following statistics relate to the incidence of Kidney failure:

  • Kidney failure rates were approximately 5 times higher for the indigenous population in Australia 2000-02 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • 93,327 people commenced treatment for end-stage renal disease annually in the US 2001 (United States Renal Data System, 2003, NIDDK)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from ORGAN DONATION AND TRANSPLANTATION: NWHIC

Last revision: May 30, 2003

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