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Causes and Treatment of Shortness of Breath in FSGS

2013-08-29 10:18

Shortness of Breath, FSGSShortness of breath can become a symptom of FSGS, which undoubtedly affects the quality of life. If you are suffering from shortness of breath, the following information about causes and treatment of shortness of breath in FSGS is expected to be helpful.

FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) is a type of nephrotic syndrome. Patients with FSGS exhibit chronic glomerulosclerosis, which is fibrosis and scarring of the renal glomeruli. Proteinuria is the most common symptom of FSGS, but what causes the shortness of breath in FSGS and other kinds of kidney diseases?

Shortness of breath can be related to FSGS and other kidney diseases in two ways. The buildup of fluids in the body can also cause fluid to accumulate in the lungs, leading to shortness of breath and decreasing lung function. Anemia can leave the body oxygen starved, causing shortness of breath. Anemia cam also cause a person to feel cold all the time and can cause difficulty concentrating because of the lack of oxygen in the system.

Dialysis is able to remove the fluid accumulating in the lungs out of body to a certain degree, which helps relieve shortness of breath. As to anemia, patients will be treated with drugs called erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) which help your body make red blood cells. Your body also needs iron to make red blood cells, especially when you are receiving ESAs. Without enough iron, your ESA treatment will not work as well.

It is easy for us to understand that shortness of breath, edema, anemia and other symptoms or complications will be relieved naturally if renal function can be recovered. Perhaps avoiding dialysis and kidney transplant and improving the quality of life is what FSGS patients really want. If you are not satisfied with your current treatment for FSGS, more treatment options will be given according to more information about your condition.

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