Symptoms of End-stage Renal Disease (ESRD)
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The Kidney and Its Main Blood Vessels
As kidney failure progresses, some or all of the following signs and symptoms may develop:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Itchy skin
- Trouble concentrating
- Swelling throughout the body
- Low urine output
- Generalized weakness
- Multiple bruises
- Frequent infections
- Numbness and tingling in the extremities
- Decreased libido
- Menstrual irregularities
- Muscle cramps and twitches
- Shortness of breath
- ]]>High blood pressure]]>
- Weak, brittle bones
- Yellowish-brownish skin tone
- Easy bruising of the skin
- Frequent hiccups
If kidney failure is untreated, the accumulated waste products and fluid can result in:
Conn's Current Therapy 2001 . 53rd ed. WB Saunders Company; 2001.
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases website. Available at: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/ .
National Kidney Foundation website. Available at: http://www.kidney.org/ .
Yu HT. Progression of Chronic Renal Failure Arch Int Med. 2003;163:1417-1429.
Last reviewed April 2009 by ]]>Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD ]]>
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