Symptoms Of Renal Impairment

Renal impairment is defined as the inability of the kidney to function in the capacity it was designed. The term renal impairment has been used interchangeably with renal failure when functions perform lower than 50%, and is also called “End Stage Renal Disease” when kidneys fail completely.

When the kidneys are unable to excrete wastes, concentrate urine, or conserve electrolytes like designed to function, then certain symptoms manifest. Renal impairment symptoms vary on a case by case basis, and may be either acute or chronic in condition. Early signs of renal impairment include sluggishness, fatigue, and mental dullness. As symptoms progress, anuria ,which is lessened or lack of urination, may surface. This can also be accompanied with symptoms like gastrointestinal bleeding, convulsions, malnutrition, and various forms of neuropathy. Skin color changes to a yellowish brown state have also been known to occur. In cases where conditions progress, congestive heart failure and hypertension occur because of hypervolema, which is fluid overload for the body.

Renal impairment has been known to occur as a result from other conditions. Treatment varies from fluid restriction to dialysis to organ replacement. Each case must be diagnosed individually for cause and symptoms to recommend treatment.

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