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Gout and Kidney Failure: Symptoms and Treatment

2013-05-06 11:00

Gout and Kidney Failure: Symptoms and TreatmentMany people have never linked gout to kidney failure, but, in fact, people with kidney failure also have a higher incidence of gout. Today, you can explore what is the connection between gout and kidney failure through their symptoms and treatments.

Hyperuricemia, also known as gout, is a disease caused by excessive levels of uric acid that is usually removed from the body by normal kidneys. According to one study, 8.6% of the patients who are diagnosed with renal failure have gout in the past, while 13% of people who have gout also experience kidney failure. From these data, we can know kidney failure does increase the risk of gout, and the reverse is also right.

In kidney failure, nearly all of kidney function has lost, so more and more uric acid will build up in the body. With too much uric acid, some symptoms are more likely to occur: intense pain, swelling, redness and warmth of the joints. The small joint at the base of the big toe is usually the most commonly attacked site. If you find you have some discomforts around your joints, an exact diagnosis is necessary to make sure whether you are suffering from gout. If so, the following treatments are needed urgently.

Since gout in kidney failure is due to high uric acid, reducing uric acid level should the key of the whole treatment. Based on this principle, there are mainly three treatment options: dialysis and Immunotherapy.

Dialysis, one most common kidney replacement therapy, can help remove small molecular substances including uric acid and it can help remit your gout effectively. However, the longer you are on dialysis, the less your urine but the more your complications, so dialysis isn’t your best choice.

Immunotherapy, compared with dialysis, has an outstanding superiority, because it can not only help remove wastes like uric acid but also improve your kidney function. With relatively normal kidney function, the uric acid can removed by your own kidneys after the treatment. Then, you can live just like the general population.

If you are suffering from gout and kidney failure, remember that repairing damaged kidney tissues and improving kidney function is your best choice.

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