Chronic Kidney Disease Symptoms

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) symptoms are characterized by the five stages of the disease.  In the first 3 stages in CKD, most people are asymptomatic. However, there may be observable signs of Chronic Kidney Disease suggestive of a decrease in renal function, such as, edema in the lower extremities, decrease frequency of urination and minimal pleural effusion. People with stage 4 renal failures and end stage renal disease will tend to manifest symptoms like generalized edema known as Anasarca, massive pleural effusions, severe anemia due to the inability of the kidneys to produced erythropoietin that stimulates production of new red blood cells, acid-base abnormalities, damage to other organs of the body, Congestive Heart Failure, and Hepatorenal syndromes.

Uncontrolled CKD may lead to water retention in the body. As water accumulates it goes to the body cavities such as the thorax and abdomen. The presence of fluid in the cavities will increase pressure and lead to congestion. Urinary retention also means that waste products are also retained in the body causing a change in the blood’s acidity. People with uncontrolled CKD may end up having metabolic acidosis or alkalosis, or respiratory acidosis or alkalosis.

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