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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Terry Woodard
Nephrology and Dialysis 33 years experience
Depends on the cause: There are dozens of causes of kidney disease; some are limited to the kidneys themselves, while others are associated with other systems in the body. Chronic kidney disease may have no symptoms and can only be determined by laboratory testing. Other types may range from minor symptoms to major illnesses, and need to be evaluated by a kidney specialist, often along with other health care providers.
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Often no symptoms: Early kidney disease may not have any symptoms. For example, in diabetes, we check for micro-albumin (a protein ) in the urine. Patients don't feel it. If it's present, it suggests diabetic kidney disease.
Dr. Rajesh Boorgu
Nephrology and Dialysis 28 years experience
Needs lab: Kidney failure is difficult to diagnose without laboratory test. The main clinical symptoms are loss of appetite, nausea, swelling, and sometimes itching. If you suspect that you have kidney disease, i suggest you see your physician when possible.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the early symptoms of kidney disease?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Often no symptoms: Early kidney disease may not have any symptoms. For example, in diabetes, we check for micro-albumin (a protein ) in the urine. Patients don't feel it. If it's present, it suggests diabetic kidney disease.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Symptoms of acute kidney disease?

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Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Decreased Urination: Acute kidney disease represents an attack against the attack usually from profound dehydration, nephrotoxic agents like antibiotics or from bacterial infections. The symptoms range from decrease in urine output, nausea and loss of appetite. The most critical side effect is rapid increase in potassium that can be very dangerous.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What to do about kidney disease?

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Dr. Craig Smith
Urology 36 years experience
Depends on diagnosis: A nephrologist is the specialist who organizes care of renal ( kidney ) preservation or function. Depending on the underlying diagnosis he can help orchestrate medical management. The more common nephrologic conditions include nephrosclerosis often seen in patients with hypertension and or diabetes. Glomerulonephritis, of which there are several types, will require specific treatments based on the subtype.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elie El-Charabaty
Nephrology and Dialysis 10 years experience
Different symptoms: Well with progression of CKD patients usually become more tired and become more anemic. Nausea, vomiting shortness of breath and weight loss are usually late symptoms. Patients should already have been seen by a kidney doctor to manage their disease.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are the main symptoms of kidney disease?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 38 years experience
May not notice: Especially early on, you may not notice anything, and the cause will impact what you see or feel. Common symptoms once advanced can be fatigue, confusion, nausea, itching. Can also see blood in the urine or dark urine, or decreased amount of urine.With significant renal failure, most people feel awful overall!

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