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Symptoms of Stage 3 Kidney Disease with GFR 38

2014-04-19 09:14

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) refers to progressive loss of renal function. It can be divided into 5 stages based on glomerular filtration rate (GFR). In stage 3 kidney disease, GFR is ranging between 30-59ml/min. What are the symptoms of stage 3 kidney disease with GFR 38?

In stage 3 kidney disease, the kidneys are damaged in moderation. At this stage, a myriad of early symptoms of kidney disease start to appear.


Swelling can be noticed in some body parts like legs, eyelids. As the kidneys fail to function properly, they will fail to filter out the extra fluid from body. High buildup of fluid will cause swelling in body.


Fatigue and tiredness can be observed in stage 3 kidney disease. The major culprit of fatigue is anemia. Healthy kidneys can produce EPO, a kind of hormone which can stimulate the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. The hemoglobin in red blood cells can distribute oxygen to body tissues and cells. The diseased kidneys can not produce EPO normally. If the level of hemoglobin declines, the body tissues and cells can not get enough oxygen. The patients will become tired easily.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure is one of common symptoms of stage 3 kidney disease with GFR 38. One cause is the high buildup of fluid in blood vessels. Another cause is increased production of renin due to renal ischemia and anoxia.

Foamy urine

Foamy urine can appear in some cases of stage 3 kidney disease. Glomeruli act as filters in kidneys and they can keep useful substances in body. However, if the glomeruli become impaired, they will fail to prevent the leakage of protein from body. Proteins will become lost in urine. Foamy urine can occur if a large amount of proteins become lost in urine.

The above are the common symptoms of stage 3 kidney disease with GFR 39. For other aspects of the disease, you can leave a message below.

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