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The Kidney Emoji

Kidney disease affects approximately 10% of the population globally and as of 2019, kidney diseases are the 10th most common cause of mortality worldwide, with 1.3 million deaths.1,2 In the United States, 1 in 3 adults are at risk for kidney disease and 90% of those with kidney disease are not aware that they are affected.3 Acute kidney injury as well as end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) affects lower socioeconomic populations at increased rates.4 Such patients are already at risk for limited healthcare literacy.5 One cornerstone in pushing for better kidney health is implementation of public awareness and improving the ability to clearly communicate with to patients

There exist emoji for 🍷🍶🍾🍸🍹🍺🍻🧉🚰🥛🥤🧃🧊🍵  fluids which are all ultimately processed by the kidney

With the already normalized usage of emoji in digital communication, the kidney emoji can be crucial in helping patients with disabilities, limited health literacy or those with language barriers communicate with providers, by the simple act of pointing to or sending an emoji. Furthermore, this enables nonmedical personnel to discuss the renal system, concepts in health, as well as primary preventions in a simplified way. 


American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP)

American Society of Nephrology

American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology

Canadian Society of Nephrology

Glomerular Disease Study and Trial Consortium

International Society of Nephrology

Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO)

National Kidney Foundation

Renal Physicians Association

Kidney Foundation of Western New York

Women Nephrology in India

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