What Is RKD?

RKD stands for rare kidney disease. It’s estimated that 60-80 per 100,000 people in the United States currently live with a rare kidney disease. There are approximately 150 known rare kidney diseases.*

When people hear about kidney disease, they think of the commonly known CKD (chronic kidney disease) — which impacts millions, especially kidney disease related to diabetes and high blood pressure. Little is commonly known about RKD.

Due to low public awareness, people living with rare kidney disease can face challenges in getting diagnosed and finding support.

The RKD & Me Mission

The RKD & Me campaign puts rare kidney disease front and center with the aim of creating more awareness and understanding of the unique experiences of people living with RKD.

  • *Devuyst O, et al. Lancet. 2014;383(9931):1844-1859. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60659-0
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