Chronic Kidney Disease (cont.)
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Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms and When to Seek Medical Care
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The kidneys are remarkable in their ability to compensate for problems in their function. That is why chronic kidney disease may progress without symptoms for a long time until only very minimal kidney function is left.
Because the kidneys perform so many functions for the body, kidney disease can affect the body in a large number of different ways. Symptoms vary greatly. Several different body systems may be affected. Notably, most patients have no decrease in urine output even with very advanced chronic kidney disease.
Effects and symptoms of chronic kidney disease include:
When to Seek Medical Care
Several signs and symptoms may suggest complications of chronic kidney disease. One should call a health care professional if they notice any of the following symptoms:
If a woman has known kidney problems, she should see a health care professional right away if she knows or suspects that she is pregnant.
See a health care practitioner as recommended for monitoring and treatment of chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
The following signs and symptoms represent the possibility of a severe complication of chronic kidney disease and warrant a visit to the nearest hospital emergency department.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/13/2012
Pranay Kathuria, MD, FACP, FASN, FNKF
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