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What Is The Meaning Of 20% Kidney Function

2013-10-28 10:40

What is the meaning of 20% kidney function ? As we all know that chronic kidney disease can be divided into five stages and in general, patients who only have 20% kidney function perhaps belong to chronic kidney disease sage 4, a kidney expert said. Moreover, if you miss the best opportunity to treat your kidney disease, patients whose kidney function has decreased to mere 20% are more likely to be facing kidney failure soon.

On this occasion, there are some suggestions to problems that you may meet in the situation of having only 20% kidney function.

1. Potassium

Generally speaking, many patients who only have 20% kidney function have problems with excessive potassium because their kidneys no longer discharge excessive potassium out of the blood. Moreover, excessive potassium may threaten your life and in which heart arrhythmias can occur.

In this situation, kidney expert suggests the level of potassium can be controlled by the diet. Many otherwise healthy foods, like bananas, oranges and milk have high levels of potassium and they should avoid them as much as possible.

2. Phosphorus

Many patients with 20% kidney function experience itchy skin too. This is caused by excessive phosphorus in the blood. Just as the kidneys lose their ability to filter potassium, they also lose the ability to filter phosphorus. This situation also can be well controlled by the daily diet.

3. Kidney transplant and dialysis

Kidney transplant and dialysis usually be recommended to the patients with 20% kidney function by their doctors. Compared with dialysis, kidney transplant is better for the patients due to less side effects, but its high costs often troubled patients easily.

Finally, if you are interested in this topic and want to know more about the meaning of 20% kidney function based on your own illness condition, feel free contact us immediately, we are glad to help you.

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