Symptoms of Kidney Failure
What is Kidney Failure?
Kidneys failure is a condition where
the kidneys stop working or injury keeps them from filtering properly.
In kidney failure, these bacteria and salts build up and can have bad
effects on the heart, brain, lungs, and other organs.
Some of the symptoms are:
Generally feeling ill
lacking interest in everyday activities; difficulty in concentrating or
Tiredness and loss of energy
Shortness of breath
Bloody or tarry stools, which could indicate bleeding in your
Yellowish-brown cast to your skin
failure symptoms can be seen in patients with acute renal failure or
people with chronic renal failure. Kidney failure symptoms can depend
on the amount of urine made by the kidneys. Sometimes people with
severe kidney failure can still make normal amounts of urine. This is
called non-oliguric renal failure. Others, however can have decreased
urine production and develop kidney failure symptoms which include
volume overload and generalized swelling.
If kidney failure has been caused by a
injury, these symptoms can appear rapidly, and may progress quickly to
seizures, coma and potentially death.
Anemia. One of the key functions of the kidneys is to assist with the
production of red blood cells. The kidneys are responsible for
producing a hormone called erythropoietin. This is the hormone which
stimulates red blood cell production. If kidney disease causes damage
or shrinking of the kidneys, the production of red blood cells is
Hypertension or high blood pressure.
This is one of the key kidney
failure symptoms. Hypertension is caused by the retention of fluids and
wastes in the bloodstream. This increases blood volume, which in turn
causes blood pressure to rise.
The symptoms and signs of kidney failure depend on how quickly it
happens, but. Most of the time, it is a slow process. Although in the
hospital it is not uncommon for it to happen quickly and resulting in
fluid retention, difficult to control high blood pressure, arrhythmias,
decreased mental alertness, muscle twitching, seizures, and coma. How
can I put this...having kidney failure means that your kidneys unable
to clean your blood of toxins as well as they should.
Since the symptoms of kidney failure tend to appear slowly, over a long
period of time, they are easily overlooked, or thought to be normal
responses to the stresses and strains of everyday life. This may delay
diagnosis and treatment and increase the damage to the kidneys.
Acute renal failure can present on top of chronic renal failure. This
is called acute-on-chronic renal failure. The acute part of may be
reversible and the aim of treatment, like in ARF, is to return the
patient to their baseline renal function, which is typically measured
by serum creatinine like ARF, can be difficult to distinguish from
chronic renal failure, if the patient has not been followed by a
physician and no baseline (i.e., past) blood work is available for
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