Kidney failure

Also called: renal failure, end stage renal disease, ESRD, Stage 5 chronic kidney disease

Kidney failure means that kidneys have failed and no longer work well enough to keep someone alive without dialysis or a kidney transplant. The word renal refers to kidneys, so you may see both of these words used. Therefore, kidney failure and renal failure mean the same thing—your kidney function is below 10% to 15% and you need renal replacement therapy to stay alive.

For most people kidney failure occurs after years of having chronic kidney disease. Your doctor may use the phrase end stage renal disease (ESRD) or Stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) to indicate kidney failure. This is because chronic kidney disease has been divided into five stages by the National Kidney Foundation, so kidney failure is also called end stage or Stage 5.

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Arguments dump - struct
Cause
Arguments dump - struct
Detail [empty string]
ErrNumber 0
Message Variable CONTENT_LANGUAGE is undefined.
StackTrace coldfusion.runtime.UndefinedVariableException: Variable CONTENT_LANGUAGE is undefined. at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._get(CfJspPage.java:325) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._get(CfJspPage.java:287) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._autoscalarize(CfJspPage.java:1405) at cfbacktotop2ecfm2064610546.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\includes\resources\foot\backtotop.cfm:3) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage.invoke(CfJspPage.java:196) at coldfusion.tagext.lang.IncludeTag.doStartTag(IncludeTag.java:483) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._emptyTcfTag(CfJspPage.java:2661) at cfarticle2ecfm2131403017.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm:119) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage.invoke(CfJspPage.java:196) at coldfusion.tagext.lang.IncludeTag.doStartTag(IncludeTag.java:483) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._emptyTcfTag(CfJspPage.java:2661) at cfApplication2ecfc975090701$funcONREQUEST.runFunction(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\Application.cfc:332) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod.invoke(UDFMethod.java:418) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod$ReturnTypeFilter.invoke(UDFMethod.java:360) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod$ArgumentCollectionFilter.invoke(UDFMethod.java:324) at coldfusion.filter.FunctionAccessFilter.invoke(FunctionAccessFilter.java:59) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod.runFilterChain(UDFMethod.java:277) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod.invoke(UDFMethod.java:192) at coldfusion.runtime.TemplateProxy.invoke(TemplateProxy.java:448) at coldfusion.runtime.TemplateProxy.invoke(TemplateProxy.java:308) at coldfusion.runtime.AppEventInvoker.invoke(AppEventInvoker.java:74) at coldfusion.runtime.AppEventInvoker.onRequest(AppEventInvoker.java:243) at coldfusion.filter.ApplicationFilter.invoke(ApplicationFilter.java:278) at coldfusion.filter.RequestMonitorFilter.invoke(RequestMonitorFilter.java:48) at coldfusion.filter.MonitoringFilter.invoke(MonitoringFilter.java:40) at coldfusion.filter.PathFilter.invoke(PathFilter.java:86) at coldfusion.filter.ExceptionFilter.invoke(ExceptionFilter.java:70) at coldfusion.filter.ClientScopePersistenceFilter.invoke(ClientScopePersistenceFilter.java:28) at coldfusion.filter.BrowserFilter.invoke(BrowserFilter.java:38) at coldfusion.filter.NoCacheFilter.invoke(NoCacheFilter.java:46) at coldfusion.filter.GlobalsFilter.invoke(GlobalsFilter.java:38) at coldfusion.filter.DatasourceFilter.invoke(DatasourceFilter.java:22) at coldfusion.CfmServlet.service(CfmServlet.java:198) at coldfusion.bootstrap.BootstrapServlet.service(BootstrapServlet.java:89) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.doFilter(FilterChain.java:86) at coldfusion.monitor.event.MonitoringServletFilter.doFilter(MonitoringServletFilter.java:42) at coldfusion.bootstrap.BootstrapFilter.doFilter(BootstrapFilter.java:46) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.doFilter(FilterChain.java:94) at com.seefusion.Filter.doFilter(Filter.java:49) at com.seefusion.SeeFusion.doFilter(SeeFusion.java:1500) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.doFilter(FilterChain.java:94) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.service(FilterChain.java:101) at jrun.servlet.ServletInvoker.invoke(ServletInvoker.java:106) at jrun.servlet.JRunInvokerChain.invokeNext(JRunInvokerChain.java:42) at jrun.servlet.JRunRequestDispatcher.invoke(JRunRequestDispatcher.java:286) at jrun.servlet.ServletEngineService.dispatch(ServletEngineService.java:543) at jrun.servlet.jrpp.JRunProxyService.invokeRunnable(JRunProxyService.java:203) at jrunx.scheduler.ThreadPool$DownstreamMetrics.invokeRunnable(ThreadPool.java:320) at jrunx.scheduler.ThreadPool$ThreadThrottle.invokeRunnable(ThreadPool.java:428) at jrunx.scheduler.ThreadPool$UpstreamMetrics.invokeRunnable(ThreadPool.java:266) at jrunx.scheduler.WorkerThread.run(WorkerThread.java:66)
TagContext
Arguments dump - array
1
Arguments dump - struct
COLUMN 0
ID ??
LINE 3
RAW_TRACE at cfbacktotop2ecfm2064610546.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\includes\resources\foot\backtotop.cfm:3)
TEMPLATE D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\includes\resources\foot\backtotop.cfm
TYPE CFML
2
Arguments dump - struct
COLUMN 0
ID CFINCLUDE
LINE 119
RAW_TRACE at cfarticle2ecfm2131403017.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm:119)
TEMPLATE D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm
TYPE CFML
3
Arguments dump - struct
COLUMN 0
ID CFINCLUDE
LINE 332
RAW_TRACE at cfApplication2ecfc975090701$funcONREQUEST.runFunction(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\Application.cfc:332)
TEMPLATE D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\Application.cfc
TYPE CFML
Type Expression
name CONTENT_LANGUAGE
Detail An exception occurred when invoking a event handler method from Application.cfc. The method name is: onRequest.
Message Event handler exception.
RootCause
Arguments dump - struct
Detail [empty string]
ErrNumber 0
Message Variable CONTENT_LANGUAGE is undefined.
StackTrace coldfusion.runtime.UndefinedVariableException: Variable CONTENT_LANGUAGE is undefined. at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._get(CfJspPage.java:325) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._get(CfJspPage.java:287) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._autoscalarize(CfJspPage.java:1405) at cfbacktotop2ecfm2064610546.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\includes\resources\foot\backtotop.cfm:3) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage.invoke(CfJspPage.java:196) at coldfusion.tagext.lang.IncludeTag.doStartTag(IncludeTag.java:483) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._emptyTcfTag(CfJspPage.java:2661) at cfarticle2ecfm2131403017.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm:119) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage.invoke(CfJspPage.java:196) at coldfusion.tagext.lang.IncludeTag.doStartTag(IncludeTag.java:483) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._emptyTcfTag(CfJspPage.java:2661) at cfApplication2ecfc975090701$funcONREQUEST.runFunction(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\Application.cfc:332) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod.invoke(UDFMethod.java:418) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod$ReturnTypeFilter.invoke(UDFMethod.java:360) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod$ArgumentCollectionFilter.invoke(UDFMethod.java:324) at coldfusion.filter.FunctionAccessFilter.invoke(FunctionAccessFilter.java:59) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod.runFilterChain(UDFMethod.java:277) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod.invoke(UDFMethod.java:192) at coldfusion.runtime.TemplateProxy.invoke(TemplateProxy.java:448) at coldfusion.runtime.TemplateProxy.invoke(TemplateProxy.java:308) at coldfusion.runtime.AppEventInvoker.invoke(AppEventInvoker.java:74) at coldfusion.runtime.AppEventInvoker.onRequest(AppEventInvoker.java:243) at coldfusion.filter.ApplicationFilter.invoke(ApplicationFilter.java:278) at coldfusion.filter.RequestMonitorFilter.invoke(RequestMonitorFilter.java:48) at coldfusion.filter.MonitoringFilter.invoke(MonitoringFilter.java:40) at coldfusion.filter.PathFilter.invoke(PathFilter.java:86) at coldfusion.filter.ExceptionFilter.invoke(ExceptionFilter.java:70) at coldfusion.filter.ClientScopePersistenceFilter.invoke(ClientScopePersistenceFilter.java:28) at coldfusion.filter.BrowserFilter.invoke(BrowserFilter.java:38) at coldfusion.filter.NoCacheFilter.invoke(NoCacheFilter.java:46) at coldfusion.filter.GlobalsFilter.invoke(GlobalsFilter.java:38) at coldfusion.filter.DatasourceFilter.invoke(DatasourceFilter.java:22) at coldfusion.CfmServlet.service(CfmServlet.java:198) at coldfusion.bootstrap.BootstrapServlet.service(BootstrapServlet.java:89) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.doFilter(FilterChain.java:86) at coldfusion.monitor.event.MonitoringServletFilter.doFilter(MonitoringServletFilter.java:42) at coldfusion.bootstrap.BootstrapFilter.doFilter(BootstrapFilter.java:46) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.doFilter(FilterChain.java:94) at com.seefusion.Filter.doFilter(Filter.java:49) at com.seefusion.SeeFusion.doFilter(SeeFusion.java:1500) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.doFilter(FilterChain.java:94) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.service(FilterChain.java:101) at jrun.servlet.ServletInvoker.invoke(ServletInvoker.java:106) at jrun.servlet.JRunInvokerChain.invokeNext(JRunInvokerChain.java:42) at jrun.servlet.JRunRequestDispatcher.invoke(JRunRequestDispatcher.java:286) at jrun.servlet.ServletEngineService.dispatch(ServletEngineService.java:543) at jrun.servlet.jrpp.JRunProxyService.invokeRunnable(JRunProxyService.java:203) at jrunx.scheduler.ThreadPool$DownstreamMetrics.invokeRunnable(ThreadPool.java:320) at jrunx.scheduler.ThreadPool$ThreadThrottle.invokeRunnable(ThreadPool.java:428) at jrunx.scheduler.ThreadPool$UpstreamMetrics.invokeRunnable(ThreadPool.java:266) at jrunx.scheduler.WorkerThread.run(WorkerThread.java:66)
TagContext
Arguments dump - array
1
Arguments dump - struct
COLUMN 0
ID ??
LINE 3
RAW_TRACE at cfbacktotop2ecfm2064610546.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\includes\resources\foot\backtotop.cfm:3)
TEMPLATE D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\includes\resources\foot\backtotop.cfm
TYPE CFML
2
Arguments dump - struct
COLUMN 0
ID CFINCLUDE
LINE 119
RAW_TRACE at cfarticle2ecfm2131403017.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm:119)
TEMPLATE D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm
TYPE CFML
3
Arguments dump - struct
COLUMN 0
ID CFINCLUDE
LINE 332
RAW_TRACE at cfApplication2ecfc975090701$funcONREQUEST.runFunction(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\Application.cfc:332)
TEMPLATE D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\Application.cfc
TYPE CFML
Type Expression
name CONTENT_LANGUAGE
StackTrace coldfusion.runtime.EventHandlerException: Event handler exception. at coldfusion.runtime.AppEventInvoker.onRequest(AppEventInvoker.java:251) at coldfusion.filter.ApplicationFilter.invoke(ApplicationFilter.java:278) at coldfusion.filter.RequestMonitorFilter.invoke(RequestMonitorFilter.java:48) at coldfusion.filter.MonitoringFilter.invoke(MonitoringFilter.java:40) at coldfusion.filter.PathFilter.invoke(PathFilter.java:86) at coldfusion.filter.ExceptionFilter.invoke(ExceptionFilter.java:70) at coldfusion.filter.ClientScopePersistenceFilter.invoke(ClientScopePersistenceFilter.java:28) at coldfusion.filter.BrowserFilter.invoke(BrowserFilter.java:38) at coldfusion.filter.NoCacheFilter.invoke(NoCacheFilter.java:46) at coldfusion.filter.GlobalsFilter.invoke(GlobalsFilter.java:38) at coldfusion.filter.DatasourceFilter.invoke(DatasourceFilter.java:22) at coldfusion.CfmServlet.service(CfmServlet.java:198) at coldfusion.bootstrap.BootstrapServlet.service(BootstrapServlet.java:89) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.doFilter(FilterChain.java:86) at coldfusion.monitor.event.MonitoringServletFilter.doFilter(MonitoringServletFilter.java:42) at coldfusion.bootstrap.BootstrapFilter.doFilter(BootstrapFilter.java:46) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.doFilter(FilterChain.java:94) at com.seefusion.Filter.doFilter(Filter.java:49) at com.seefusion.SeeFusion.doFilter(SeeFusion.java:1500) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.doFilter(FilterChain.java:94) at jrun.servlet.FilterChain.service(FilterChain.java:101) at jrun.servlet.ServletInvoker.invoke(ServletInvoker.java:106) at jrun.servlet.JRunInvokerChain.invokeNext(JRunInvokerChain.java:42) at jrun.servlet.JRunRequestDispatcher.invoke(JRunRequestDispatcher.java:286) at jrun.servlet.ServletEngineService.dispatch(ServletEngineService.java:543) at jrun.servlet.jrpp.JRunProxyService.invokeRunnable(JRunProxyService.java:203) at jrunx.scheduler.ThreadPool$DownstreamMetrics.invokeRunnable(ThreadPool.java:320) at jrunx.scheduler.ThreadPool$ThreadThrottle.invokeRunnable(ThreadPool.java:428) at jrunx.scheduler.ThreadPool$UpstreamMetrics.invokeRunnable(ThreadPool.java:266) at jrunx.scheduler.WorkerThread.run(WorkerThread.java:66) Caused by: coldfusion.runtime.UndefinedVariableException: Variable CONTENT_LANGUAGE is undefined. at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._get(CfJspPage.java:325) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._get(CfJspPage.java:287) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._autoscalarize(CfJspPage.java:1405) at cfbacktotop2ecfm2064610546.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\includes\resources\foot\backtotop.cfm:3) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage.invoke(CfJspPage.java:196) at coldfusion.tagext.lang.IncludeTag.doStartTag(IncludeTag.java:483) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._emptyTcfTag(CfJspPage.java:2661) at cfarticle2ecfm2131403017.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm:119) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage.invoke(CfJspPage.java:196) at coldfusion.tagext.lang.IncludeTag.doStartTag(IncludeTag.java:483) at coldfusion.runtime.CfJspPage._emptyTcfTag(CfJspPage.java:2661) at cfApplication2ecfc975090701$funcONREQUEST.runFunction(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\Application.cfc:332) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod.invoke(UDFMethod.java:418) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod$ReturnTypeFilter.invoke(UDFMethod.java:360) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod$ArgumentCollectionFilter.invoke(UDFMethod.java:324) at coldfusion.filter.FunctionAccessFilter.invoke(FunctionAccessFilter.java:59) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod.runFilterChain(UDFMethod.java:277) at coldfusion.runtime.UDFMethod.invoke(UDFMethod.java:192) at coldfusion.runtime.TemplateProxy.invoke(TemplateProxy.java:448) at coldfusion.runtime.TemplateProxy.invoke(TemplateProxy.java:308) at coldfusion.runtime.AppEventInvoker.invoke(AppEventInvoker.java:74) at coldfusion.runtime.AppEventInvoker.onRequest(AppEventInvoker.java:243) ... 29 more
TagContext
Arguments dump - array
1
Arguments dump - struct
COLUMN 0
ID ??
LINE 3
RAW_TRACE at cfbacktotop2ecfm2064610546.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\includes\resources\foot\backtotop.cfm:3)
TEMPLATE D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\includes\resources\foot\backtotop.cfm
TYPE CFML
2
Arguments dump - struct
COLUMN 0
ID CFINCLUDE
LINE 119
RAW_TRACE at cfarticle2ecfm2131403017.runPage(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm:119)
TEMPLATE D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm
TYPE CFML
3
Arguments dump - struct
COLUMN 0
ID CFINCLUDE
LINE 332
RAW_TRACE at cfApplication2ecfc975090701$funcONREQUEST.runFunction(D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\Application.cfc:332)
TEMPLATE D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\Application.cfc
TYPE CFML
Type Expression
name onRequest
SESSION scope - struct
cfid 2389673
cftoken 76954741
sessionid BETA_DAVITA_COM_2389673_76954741
urltoken CFID=2389673&CFTOKEN=76954741
user
SESSION scope - struct
ACTIVEPROMOS [empty string]
ADDDAVITAPATIENT no
DIETHELPERACTIVE false
EMAILADDRESS [empty string]
ERRORMSG [empty string]
FIRSTNAME [empty string]
HEALTHPORTAL 0
LASTNAME [empty string]
LOGGEDIN false
PILOTUSER 0
SUCCESS false
TOTALLOGINS 0
USERID 0
USERIMAGE https://beta.davita.com/images/mydavita/avatar.jpg
USERNAME [empty string]
URL scope - struct
ARTICLEID 5496
CATEGORY kidney-failure
EDUCATIONMAINFOLDER overview
EDUCATIONSUBFOLDER vocabulary
FOLDERID 623
LANDINGPAGE true
FORM scope - struct
J_USERNAME [empty string]
CGI Scope - struct
AUTH_PASSWORD [empty string]
AUTH_TYPE [empty string]
AUTH_USER [empty string]
CERT_COOKIE [empty string]
CERT_FLAGS [empty string]
CERT_ISSUER [empty string]
CERT_KEYSIZE [empty string]
CERT_SECRETKEYSIZE [empty string]
CERT_SERIALNUMBER [empty string]
CERT_SERVER_ISSUER [empty string]
CERT_SERVER_SUBJECT [empty string]
CERT_SUBJECT [empty string]
CF_TEMPLATE_PATH D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm
CONTENT_LENGTH [empty string]
CONTENT_TYPE [empty string]
CONTEXT_PATH [empty string]
GATEWAY_INTERFACE CGI/1.1
HTTPS off
HTTPS_KEYSIZE [empty string]
HTTPS_SECRETKEYSIZE [empty string]
HTTPS_SERVER_ISSUER [empty string]
HTTPS_SERVER_SUBJECT [empty string]
HTTP_ACCEPT text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,*/*;q=0.8
HTTP_ACCEPT_ENCODING x-gzip, gzip, deflate
HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE [empty string]
HTTP_CONNECTION Keep-Alive
HTTP_COOKIE [empty string]
HTTP_HOST beta.davita.com
HTTP_REFERER [empty string]
HTTP_USER_AGENT CCBot/2.0 (http://commoncrawl.org/faq/)
PATH_INFO /education/article.cfm
PATH_TRANSLATED D:\iserver\alpha.davita.com\education\article.cfm
QUERY_STRING folderID=623&educationMainFolder=overview&educationSubFolder=vocabulary&category=kidney-failure&articleID=5496&landingPage=true
REMOTE_ADDR 192.168.35.15
REMOTE_HOST 192.168.35.15
REMOTE_USER [empty string]
REQUEST_METHOD GET
SCRIPT_NAME /education/article.cfm
SERVER_NAME beta.davita.com
SERVER_PORT 80
SERVER_PORT_SECURE 0
SERVER_PROTOCOL HTTP/1.0
SERVER_SOFTWARE Microsoft-IIS/6.0
WEB_SERVER_API [empty string]
Cookie Scope - struct
LASTVISIT {ts '2017-08-17 00:37:11'}