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Top 6 Symptoms of Kidney Shutdown

2013-02-27 10:55

Top 6 Symptoms of Kidney ShutdownKidney shutdown is a disorder in which the kidneys are unable to work adequately. It can lead to a myriad of coma, other organ failure or even death. Here is a list of top 6 symptoms of kidney shutdown.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure can be both a cause and sign of kidney shutdown. Healthy kidneys can release hormones that help maintain blood pressure. When they shut down, blood pressure can rise. High blood pressure can destroy the capillaires of kidneys, resulting in kidney shutdown.


Uremia is a manifestation of kidney shutdown. It occurs when high levels of urea build in blood which is the waste byproduct of protein breakdown. Uremia is very dangerous and can lead to heart and brain failure.


Anemia is one of common symptoms of kidney shutdown. Healthy kidneys can release a hormone that can stimulate the production of red blood cells. As red blood cells can carry oxygen to body cells, reduced count of red blood cells can cause fatigue, pale face etc.

Changes in urine

Kidneys remove wastes and extra fluids from body by turning it into urine. Therefore, just about any change in urine can be the first sign of kidney shutdown. If the kidneys can not work normally, the urine may become darker than normal and foamy. Also, the urine can possess a foul or pungent odor.


Extra fluid can be removed by kidneys to form urine.When kidneys shut down, the fluids will build up in body, thus leading to swelling. It often cause retention of fluids in legs and feet. In serious case, the lung may be flooded with water. Swelling is one of common symptoms of kidney shutdown.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting common symptoms of kidney shutdown. They often appear in the advanced stage of kidney disease due to the build-up of wastes in blood. Sometimes even medicines such as blood pressure pills and vitamins will be thrown up.

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