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A 23-year-old member asked:

Do swelling of the tongue and muscle cramps indicate kidney failure?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Griffiths
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
No: Tongue swelling nor muscle cramps indicate renal disease. Renal disease may be present if you have swelling in your legs, have a decrease in appetite or see a decrease in urination.
Dr. Frank Mayo
Pulmonary Critical Care 49 years experience
Not usually: Tongue swelling is often associated with systemic allergy . Muscle cramps are more common with low potassium and kidney failure is usually associated with high potassium. However in an edema state of acute kidney failure swelling of many parts of the body can occur including the tongue and the acidosis of kidney failure may interfere with metabolism of other electrolytes causing cramps.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it true that swelling of the tongue and muscle cramps signs of kidney failure?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Quresh Khairullah
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
See below: Not likely, sound more like a allergic reaction, and possible electrolyte disorder. It is possible some kidney disorders cause electrolyte disturbances which lead to muscle cramps.
Last updated Mar 2, 2016


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