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Constipation And Dyspnoea in Glomerulonephritis

2013-05-21 11:51

As glomerulonephritis progresses,a number of symptoms will appear. Constipation and dyspnoea are commonly seen in glomerulonephritis. What are the causes? How to manage them effectively?


Constipation in glomerulonephritis can be attributed to multiple factors including restriction of fluids, lack of exercise, some essential medicines, restricted diet,etc.While it is not life-threatening,it has negative effects on the patients’ condition improvement.

Laxatives can be used to treat constipation,but they may cause some possible side effects.A balanced diet is a good way to deal with the problem.

Increased dietary fiber supplement are effective in treating constipation. Fiber helps regulate the digestive system naturally and protects from chronic constipation.It is high in fruits.However,fruits are generally loaded in to sodium so the patients should be careful in selecting fruits and other high-fiber foods.

Meanwhile,the patients with glomerulonephritis should have moderate exercise. It can help relieve the condition effectively.


Dyspnoea refers to shortness of breath.It describes as an uncomfortable awareness of breathing.As the kidneys fail to remove fluid from body, extra fluid will build up in body.If the lung is flooded with fluid, it will affect their normal breath.Dyspnoea is particularly serious when the patients lie down.

As for management of the problem, firstly it is necessary for the patients to reduce intake of fluid and salt.Diuretic is necessary in some cases. It can help relieve retention of fluid in body by increasing the urine output. If the kidneys fail to work,Dialysis may be prescribed to help remove the accumulated fluid and other wastes out of body. (How Could I Know When to Start Dialysis )

When extra fluid is removed from body, dysponea will be controlled. The patients with glomerulonephritis should never neglect this problem as pulmonary edema can make the patients lose the chance of receiving Kidney Transplant.

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