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Why Does Renal Failure Cause Metabolic Acidosis

2013-04-01 15:13

Renal failure patients will have many symptoms and discomforts among which metabolic acidosis, water and electrolytes disorders are the most common. Metabolic acidosis is due to excessive accumulation of acidic substances in the blood due to diminished renal filtering functions.

Metabolic acidosis can cause the patients to have the following clinical symptoms such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, long and deep breath, etc. These symptoms will become more obvious and serious when the clearance rate of creatinine falls below 25ml/min and serum creatinine level is significantly elevated. If left untreated, metabolic acidosis, along with renal hypertension, high blood potassium, fluid and sodium retention, anemia can cause heart failure, arrhythmia and myocardial damages, therefore it is very important to seek proper treatments as soon as possible.

Healthy kidneys have the functions of maintaining acid-base balances, in case of kidney failure this function is severely affected and the impaired kidneys can not remove metabolic acidic materials such as phosphoric acid and sulfuric acid from the blood. They will accumulate in the body and cause metabolic acidosis. In the early stage patients can have no obvious symptoms and when HCO3 in blood is lower than 15mmol/L, patients will have poor appetite, vomiting, fatigue, deep breath, etc.

Knowing the root cause of metabolic acidosis in renal failure, we know that to treat renal failure and improve renal filtration functions can cure metabolic acidosis from the root.

Micro-Chinese Medicine Osmotherapy and Immunotherapy can help repaired damaged renal tissues, restore renal structures and improve kidney functions so that acidic substances can be discharged through the kidneys. Since it usually takes relatively long time for these therapies to take effects because it takes time to repair and regenerate new renal functioning tissues. Therefore dialysis is needed if the patient’s illness condition is very critical for example extremely high creatinine level, hyperkalemia, metabolic acidosis that can not be controlled by medicines. Intravenous injection of 5% sodium bicarbonate can also help relieve the symptoms of metabolic acidosis and imbalance of acid-base, but it can not solve the root problem.

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