Ever since more knowledge was acquired in the genetics area, more attention has been paid to identifying diseases that run in the families, so that these could be approached and treated in time.

A new study on kidney failure showed that around one-fourth of all dialysis patients have a close relative on dialysis.

Many people with family problems with kidneys suffer from so called silent kidney diseases that should be treated in early stages. Also, in families with chronic kidney disease, relatives may have more risks to developing high blood pressure diabetes, and excess protein in the urine.

The study was conducted with 25,883 newly treated dialysis patients by collecting their family history information and found that 22.8 % of patients had close relatives on dialyses.

These new finding should have an impact on pushing early detection in order to slow the progression of the present illness and therefore reduce the physical, financial and emotional trauma in a family.